A Finns Party candidate for parliament is trying to explain an anti-immigrant slogan emblazoned on the side of his car as part of an election campaign stunt.
MP Teuvo Hakkarainen has the phrase “immigrant invader, where do you come from? You’re going back there!” – “matu, mistä tulet? Sinne menet!” – printed in yellow letters with his name, and his election candidate number 136 on one side of his black car.
On the other side, another slogan reads “asylum tourists, every single one, get out”.
The word “matu” a slang term translating approximately as “immigrant invader”, is used by people on the right side of politics who are anti-immigrant, and by neo-Nazis as a synonym for immigrants.
Interviewed by MTV Uutiset, Hakkarainen claimed the term “matu” is actually a contraction of the words Maaseudun Tulevaisuus or ‘Rural Future’, a magazine publication.
“But it can be interpreted as immigrant invader if someone is willing to do so” Hakkarainen told the broadcaster.
Hakkarainen’s assault conviction
In 2018 Hakkarainen was convicted by a court for a drunken assault on National Coalition Party MP Veera Ruoho, which resulted in him being handed a fine of €3000, and ordered to also pay €1400 compensation.
At a Finns Party Christmas bash in December 2017, Hakkarainen accosted Ruho – who was not attending the party – grabbed her by the throat, and forcibly kissed her.
Hallarainen was found guilty of assault and sexual harassment for the attack. He says he was so drunk at the time he can’t remember it at all.