The Chairman of the Finns Party Youth in Lapland has been criticised over a social media post he wrote about the New Zealand terror attack.
At least 49 people are confirmed dead by authorities, and another 40 injured, after a gunman attacked two mosques in the city of Christchurch during Friday prayers. Police says a cache of weapons and explosives found in his car indicate he intended to continue the attack.
In the early hours of Friday morning, Johannes Sipola wrote on Twitter “the case of New Zealand only shows more strongly that a multicultural society is not working”.
He went on to imply that as Muslims ‘rape and kill other people’ so often, it is only a matter of time before people – like the terrorist in Christchurch – defend their own cultures.
Some of the online reaction to his comment compared Siploa to a Nazi, but he replied that “multiculturalism creates ethnic conflicts”.
The Finns Party activist is no stranger to making controversial comments on social media. He has previously said that only someone who can trace their family roots back to ancient times should be considered a true Finn. He discounts for example Swedish-speaking Finns as not Finnish enough.
He’s also using his social media account to promote a white nationalist event this spring. The 2018 version of the event attracted white power, ethno-nationalist and Ku Klux Klan supporters to Helsinki.
The Finns Party Youth has also made a number of ethno-nationalist comments, including a policy proposal that no more children be adopted to Finland from African countries.