A group of former Finnish party members are forming a new political party named after a far-right party from the 1930s and 1940s.
Former members of the populist party registered an association under the name “Sinimusta” (Blue-Black) in December.
The Uutissuomalainen news agency reports that the association has started collecting the 5,000 signatures needed to register as a political party.
The association, which has described itself as being nationalist in spirit, includes former members of the Finnish party as well as people who left the party’s youth wing after its subsequent disintegration because of ethno-nationalist members.
He has prominent figures who have been involved in Finnish party politics, including Terhi kiemunki who was convicted of inciting ethnic hatred in 2016.
She remained a member of the Finnish party thereafter, but was expelled in early 2017 due to discrepancies in her expense reports. She remained a candidate in the local elections that year as an independent on the Finnish Party list and became a reserve councilor after winning 348 votes.
Colors associated with the far-right movement of the interwar period
The domain name associated with the new party was registered on Wednesday by a company linked to Piia Kattelus-Kilpeläinen, Finnish party adviser and policeman in Seinäjoki.
Kattelus-Kilpeläinen is currently under investigation by her employer for a social media post in which she donned black and blue and wielded an ax.
The story continues after the photo.
Black and blue are the colors of Lapuan Liike, a far-right inter-war movement that attempted a coup in 1932.
After the coup attempt, members of the organization filtered into the IKL, a fascist party that had MPs in parliament and sometimes in government until it was banned in 1944 as part of the agreement to Finland’s armistice with the Soviet Union.
Vesa Vares, professor of contemporary history at the University of Turku, told Yle News that the emergence of this new group was “not surprising” as they needed a base far from the Finnish party, which is trying to become “more acceptable” to other parties.
“The Finnish party was previously the political hotbed of those who also went to extremes and had no other alternative,” Vares said. “The [Finns] the party has been reluctant to be very tough on them because they don’t want to lose those votes. “
However, Vares added that he believes the group will struggle to collect the 5,000 signatures needed to become a political party due to associations with the past.
“The Blues-Noirs were the youth organization of the IKL, and since the reputation of the IKL was so fascist in the 1930s and has remained so, the founders should know that they will now be accused of being fascists, ”Vares explained.
“Despite this, they chose to use this name. Anyone can draw at least some conclusions from it, although it remains to be seen what their party’s program will look like,” he added.