Jussi Halla-aho, the chairperson of the Finns Party, has voiced his disapproval with the controversial remarks of the party’s youth wing, the Finns Party Youth. (Mikko Stig – Lehtikuva)

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JUSSI HALLA-AHO, the chairperson of the Finns Party, has expressed his disapproval with the outbursts of the youth chapter of the right-wing party, the Finns Party Youth.

“The Finns Party’s platform or objective is not to monitor the genomes of people or to use such criteria to define or delineate Finnishness. Finland has been a destination for all sorts of material from the east, west and south for hundreds and thousands of years,” he wrote on Facebook on Wednesday.

The Finns Party Youth has found itself regularly under scrutiny and criticism due to the ethno-nationalist statements of its members. A spokesperson of the youth organisation earlier this week tweeted a photo of a black couple and a newborn child with the text: “Vote for the Finns Party to make sure this won’t be what Finland’s future will look like.”

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The latest outburst may end up costing the organisation 115,000 euros in state aid, according to Uusi Suomi.

Halla-aho on Wednesday said the Finns Party Youth consists predominantly of “good people”.

“Unfortunately, there is a small group of people in the youth organisation who do not seem to understand and accept the position of the party and who focus on hurting the party and the youth organisation itself by attacking the party’s own candidates. These people are in the wrong party. I hope the youth organisation’s membership recognises the seriousness of the situation,” he stated.

The Finns Party, he added, is intent on putting a complete stop to “harmful immigration” and has identified clear, concrete measures to achieve the objective.

“Harmful immigration is coming primarily from Africa and the Middle East, largely through humanitarian channels and family reunification procedures. The harmful nature of such immigration can be proven easily by examining employment or crime statistics, for example, and you must not shy away from recognising the issue,” wrote Halla-aho.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: Uusi Suomi