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Jussi Halla-aho

Jussi Halla-aho
Jussi Halla-aho in 2006.
Member of Finnish Parliament for Helsinki
Incumbent
Assumed office
2011
Member of Helsinki City Council
Incumbent
Assumed office
2009
Personal details
Born (1971-04-27) 27 April 1971 (age 43)
Tampere, Finland
Nationality Finland
Political party True Finns
Spouse(s) Hilla Halla-aho[1][2]
Children two daughters (born 2003 and 2004) and a son (born 2008)[1][3][4][5]
Alma mater University of Helsinki (PhD)
Occupation Politician, linguist, blogger
Religion Agnostic atheism[6]
Website Scripta – Halla-aho's blog (Finnish)

Jussi Kristian Halla-aho (born 27 April 1971 in Tampere[4]) is a Finnish Slavic linguist, blogger and a politician for the True Finns party who has become well known for his essays criticising the humanitarian immigration and multiculturalism policies adopted in Finland.[7][8][9] According to the newspaper Aamulehti, he is the best known political blogger in Finland.[10] Halla-aho was elected to the Helsinki City Council in 2008 and to the Finnish parliament in 2011. He was re-elected to the Helsinki City Council in 2012.

Politics

Halla-aho was elected a member of Helsinki City Council in the 2008 municipal elections as a candidate of the True Finns party,[7][11] although he was not a member of the party until 2010. In the 2008 elections, he was the 18th most popular candidate in the entire country[12] and the second most popular candidate of the True Finns party after the party leader Timo Soini.[13] Halla-aho won the largest number of personal votes for the party in Helsinki.[14]

Halla-aho has stated that he became politically active because finds the Finnish immigration policy a problem[15] and that Europe is heading towards a catastrophe because of massive immigration.[16] Halla-aho supports the welfare state and in respect to the economic policy he places himself on the left side of the political spectrum,[14] even though he has told that if he had to choose between left-wing and right-wing in totality he would choose the right-wing.[2]

Halla-aho was elected into parliament in 2011. His vote share was the sixth highest in the country and the second highest within his party.[17] In the parliament he was made chairman of the Administration Committee,[18] which deals with immigration affairs among other matters.[19] However, in the summer of 2012 Halla-aho resigned from the position of committee chairman. He continues to be a member of the committee.[20]

Halla-aho was re-elected to the Helsinki City Council in 2012, being the 3rd most popular candidate nationwide.[21]

Immigration critic

Scripta blog

Halla-aho maintains a blog titled Scripta that deals with issues such as ”immigration, multiculturalism, tolerance, racism, freedom of speech and political correctness”.[22] His blog had between 3,000 and 6,000 readers a day in 2008.[23]

Halla-aho has stated that a minority group whose integration has failed everywhere is the Muslims that come from certain parts of the world. As long as the immigrants stick to the cultural characteristics of their countries of origin, their isolation within the society in the destination country is maintained. Therefore their adaptation is not possible which creates problems such as social exclusion and ethnic ghettoisation.[24] He has stated that positive discrimination and privileges due to culture or nationality should not be allowed. According to Halla-aho, criticising "totalitarian fascist ideologies like political Islam" should not be considered racism and that facts cannot be criminalised.[25] According to Halla-aho, immigration is a taboo in Finland.[26] He has disclosed that he has received death threats because of his web columns.[2][10]

In December 2008, Finnish police began the investigation on Halla-aho for incitement against an ethnic group because of his texts (see section below).[27][28] The accusation was based on the opinion that given that while immigrant rapists select their victims randomly, he wished that they would select female supporters of multiculturalism, since he believed this would make them recant their political beliefs.[29]

Halla-aho has denied that he is against foreigners. He maintains that he is simply “critical of immigration”.[7] According to Halla-aho he has received positive feedback also from immigrants.[2]

In 2009, Halla-aho published a collection of his web columns titled Kirjoituksia uppoavasta Lännestä (Writings from the sinking West or Writings about the sinking West) in print. The book's first edition was sold out in three days.[30]

Trial

On 27 March 2009, the Helsinki District Court ordered Halla-aho to trial on charges of ethnic agitation as well as breach of the sanctity of religion. The charges arose after Halla-aho posted remarks related to the sentencing of Seppo Lehto on his blog Scripta. In the course of the remarks, Halla-aho said the prophet Muhammad was a paedophile, and Islam is a religion of paedophilia, because Muhammad had intercourse with his 9-year-old wife and according to Sunnah Mohammed's life is exemplary in every way. He also asked if it could be stated that robbing passersby and living on taxpayers' expense are cultural and possibly genetic characteristics of Somalis. This was stated in sarcastic response to a Finnish columnist that wrote that drinking excessively and fighting when drunk were cultural and possibly genetic characteristics of Finns.[31][32]

On 8 September 2009, the District Court convicted Halla-aho of disturbing religious worship, and ordered him to pay a fine of 330 euros.[33] The charge of ethnic agitation was dismissed. In October 2010 the Court of Appeal agreed with the District Court's conviction.[34] Both the prosecutor and Halla-aho appealed the case to the Supreme Court.[35] The Supreme Court granted a leave to appeal in May 2011.[36] In a sentence given on the 8 of June 2012, the Supreme Court found Halla-aho guilty of both disturbing religious worship and ethnic agitation and increased his fines accordingly.[37]

Controversies

In September 2011 Halla-aho wrote in Facebook that Greece's debt problems cannot be resolved without a military junta.[38] He soon retracted the comment, clarifying that his intention was merely to point out that making necessary but unpopular decisions is not easy in a democracy.[39] Timo Soini, the leader of the True Finns party, demanded a temporary suspension of Halla-aho from the parliamentary group.[40] In the end the parliamentary group unanimously (Halla-aho himself included) suspended Halla-aho for two weeks, although Soini had initially called for a month-long suspension.[41][42]

Scientific career

Halla-aho is a Ph.D., having written his dissertation about historical nominal morphology of Old Church Slavonic.[7][43] Halla-aho studied at the University of Helsinki from 1995 to 2000. During his post-graduate period (2000–2006) he worked at the Department of Slavonic and Baltic Studies as a researcher and teacher of Old Church Slavic.[3] Halla-aho has published two articles in scientific journals, has been one of the editors selection of papers by linguistics from several countries and written Old Church Slavic Manual, which is used at the University of Helsinki.[3]

Personal life

Halla-aho grew up in Tampere.[7] His parents had moved there from Alajärvi.[1] He lived in Tampere for 24 years.[3] During the 1980s he travelled to the Soviet Union with his father who was a bus driver and it was the spark for his anti-leftist convictions.[7] When Halla-aho was young he worked as a waiter.[7] When conscripted, instead of military service he chose civilian service. He later expressed regret at his decision, calling the choice a "stupid political protest", and voicing support for the present conscription system.[44]

Halla-aho lives in Eira in Helsinki with his wife Hilla Halla-aho and their three children.[7] Halla-aho's hobbies include reading J. R. R. Tolkien, astronomy as well as pistol and rifle shooting.[4] He is a member of Suomen Sisu, an association that seeks to promote Finnish nationalism.[45]

Publications

  • Halla-aho, Jussi: Kirjoituksia uppoavasta Lännestä, Jussi Halla-aho, 2009 ISBN 978-952-92-5213-8
  • Halla-aho, Jussi: ISBN 952-10-3012-7 (English)
  • Halla-aho, Jussi: Two borrowings in Proto-Slavic; and a minor Balto-Slavic sound change, Journal of Indo-European Studies 33, p. 233-245, 2005. (English)
  • Halla-aho, Jussi: The collapse of an early Proto-Indo-European ablaut pattern, Indogermanische Forschungen 110, p. 97-118, 2005. (English)
  • Nuorluoto, Juhani & Leiwo, Martti & Halla-aho, Jussi (editors): Papers in Slavic, Baltic and Balkan studies, Slavica Helsingiensia 21, Helsinki, University of Helsinki, Department of Slavonic and Baltic Languages and Literatures, 2001 ISBN 952-10-0246-8 (Selection of papers by Slavists, Baltologists and Balkanists from Austria/Croatia, Canada, Finland, Latvia, Poland, Russia and the United States of America) (English)
  • Halla-aho, Jussi: Old Church Slavic Manual, Helsinki, Jussi Halla-aho, 2006 (English) (Finnish)

References

External links

  • Jussi Halla-aho – Halla-aho's personal homepage (English)
  • Scripta – Halla-aho's blog (Finnish)
  • Inter arma – Halla-aho's column on gun control (English)

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