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Anti-multiculturalism MP has spoken out before

Finns Party MP Olli Immonen's controversial Friday night Facebook post is not the first time that his views have raised concern. For example, in June 2015 he posed for a group photo with the Finnish Resistance Movement at the grave of Eugen Schauman, a Finnish nationalist and nobleman who assassinated Governor-General Nikolai Ivanovich Bobrikov in 1904.

Ryhmä ihmisiä ja kansanedustaja Olli Immonen Eugen Schaumanin haudalla.
MP Olli Immonen poses with the Finnish Resistance Movment in June at the grave of patriot Eugen Schauman. (The image is a screenshot from Immonen's website.) Image: Ruutukaappaus Olli Immosen Facebook-sivuilta / Yle

Finns Party MP Olli Immonen's Friday night Facebook post calling for a fight against "the nightmare of multiculturalism" is not the first time that his views have caused offence.

In June 2015 he posed with the Finnish Resistance Movement for a group photo at a memorial for Eugen Schauman (1875-1904) a Finnish nationalist and nobleman who assassinated Governor-General Nikolai Ivanovich Bobrikov in 1904. (At the time, Finland was a Grand Duchy of Russia before achieving independence in 1917.)

The Schauman memorial event was organised by Suomen Sisu, a Finnish association that defines itself as nationalist, patriotic and immigration-critical. According to Immonen's website, he is the chairman of Suomen Sisu.

Finns Party Parliamentary chair Sampo Terho told Yle that following the event they had a very serious discussion.

Immonen has previously suggested compiling lists that indicate the ethnicity of those living in Finland.

Oulu-based Immonen received 4,964 votes in the 2015 parliamentary elections. The 29-year-old is the Finns Party representative on Yle's supervisory board. Before becoming an MP, he worked as a security guard.

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