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Thousands call for Interior Minister to step down

More than 40,000 people have signed an online petition demanding the resignation of Interior Minister Päivi Räsänen following her proposal to close bars earlier at night.

Nettiadressi Päivi Räsäsen erottamiseksi ministerin virasta.
Nettiadressi Päivi Räsäsen erottamiseksi on vain yksi esimerkki viimeaikaisista adresseista. Image: YLE

The petition is currently the most popular of those posted at

Last week Räsänen, who is also the Christian Democrats’ party leader, told the regional newspaper Hämeen Sanomat that limiting bars’ opening hours would minimise street brawls that burden police.

“Bars want patrons to come in earlier. They say many of the customers arriving after midnight are already drunk,” wrote Räsänen in her blog on Tuesday.

Bars and restaurants have opposed the idea, saying it would hit jobs in the sector.

No stranger to controversy, Räsänen has drawn repeated public criticism for her conservative views on homosexuality.

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