Atall man in a dark blue suit, square glasses and a thin beard stands behind the podium at the Finns party’s headquarters in Helsinki centre late on Wednesday morning.
“I announced yesterday the following to Sampo Terho, the chair of our parliamentary group: ‘I request to temporary resign from the Finns parliamentary group till the middle of October’,” says Olli Immonen, the controversial member of the Finns party.
“Finland is currently in a very difficult situation. The balancing of government’s economy, the handling of employment and the problems related to immigration are matters of the first priority. The government must be able to take care of these matters without disturbance.”
Immonen is here at the Finns party headquarters to face the media and to clarify any misunderstandings.
According to Immonen, his decision of leaving the group for now, is his own and based on his will to provide a peaceful working environment for the government, the parliament and the parliamentary group of Finns.
“I have been presented with heavy accusations.”
Immonen has indeed faced many accusations after his upsetting remarks on how he dreams of defeating this “nightmare called multiculturalism.”
His remarks were upsetting enough to launch a demonstration for multiculturalism, which was joined by 15,000 people in late July.
His writing also launched three reports of an offence. The police, however, ended the investigations after declaring that there was no valid basis for the charges of agitation against an ethnic group.
Immonen was also linked to the Norwegian mass murderer, Anders Breivik, because of the way Immonen’s beard looks similar and because the date of his writing was close enough to the anniversary of killings in Utoya.
According to Immonen, his writing had nothing to do with Breiviks atrocities.
“I don’t accept any kind of violence as a mean to advance political goals.”
Immonen was asked in what kind of mind state he was when he wrote his message on Facebook.
“I wrote the message in a normal mind state. I was not drunk at all and I knew what I was after when I wrote it.”
“My writing was supposed to be uplifting in spirit for my friends within and outside the Finnish borders.”
Immonen added that he will continue writing on Facebook but will in the future be more careful and faster to clarify any misunderstandings.
He will also continue with his duties in the parliament.
And after October, if the Finns parliamentary group are still willing to cooperate with him, he “will be happy to continue with politics as part of the group.”