Minister for Foreign Affairs Soini: Violence and threat of violence must not be accepted

Summary:

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Finns party leader Timo Soini condemns violent acts in an interview at the UN general assembly and says both legislation and social commentary are needed to reject them. Mr Soini commented earlier in a blog entry on recent events where two asylum seekers are suspected of killing a Finnish man in Otanmäki and an assault at a demonstration by far-right extremist Finnish Resistance Movement led to the death of a bystander in Helsinki. Mr Soini says the atmosphere in Finland has hardened recently and also leading politicians have received threats. In New York, Mr Soini discussed the election process for the new UN secretary general with representatives of other small countries. He says their wish is that the process is transparent and fair.

Media:  YLE Uutiset

Date: 22.9.2016

Journalist: Saara Hirvonen

Main source: Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini

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