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Finnish Party MP faces third charge of ethnic unrest

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Finnish Party MP Sebastian Tynkkynen sat in court during his ethnic unrest trial in October 2019.

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Member of Parliament of the Finnish Party Sebastian tynkkynen was charged for the third time with ethnic unrest, after an indictment was filed in the Oulu District Court at the end of March.

Tynkkynen has already been convicted twice for similar offenses. He was convicted of hate speech in 2017 and was fined 4,000 euros in October 2019 for anti-Islamic texts and images posted on Facebook in 2016.

Speaking to the STT News Agency about the latest charge, Tynkkynen denied committing any crime. He added that the accusation was linked to his municipal election campaign, in which he highlighted messages sent to him by citizens concerned about the negative side effects of immigration.

“I will explain why it is not a crime to present citizens’ messages in any way, but above all, politicians should represent citizens and make their voices heard in the political decision-making process”, Tynkkynen told STT, adding that he considers attack on free speech.

“If the development of critical policies for immigration is deemed illegal by the judiciary, then the judiciary can be said to be in a very weak position. Opportunities for one party to take practical measures are deprived,” he said. Tynkkynen said.

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