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Finns Party MP charged for disseminating hate speech
Deputy State Prosecutor Raija Toiviainen has pressed charges of ethnic agitation against Finns Party MP Teuvo Hakkarainen.
Hakkarainen, who hails from Viitasaari in central Finland, is suspected of committing the offence by using a Facebook page linked to his role as a member of parliament, to publish a post in which he threatened, pressured and insulted a group that identified as Muslim.
Shortly after the attack, the MP from the populist, immigration-sceptic party wrote that "all Muslims are not terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims."
According to Toiviainen, "even for parliamentarians, freedom of speech doesn't include the right to hate speech, which focuses generally on all Muslims and is likely to arouse contempt and hatred based on religious intolerance towards Muslim groups."
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