Antti Lindtman is the new leader of the Finnish Social Democratic party (SDP) But his election has been overshadowed by the two-decade-old photos. A photo has emerged showing the leader of Finland’s new largest opposition party posing with friends who are doing Nazi salutes. Antti Lindtman, the new leader of the Finnish Social Democratic party (SDP), is seen in the photograph with four friends at a Christmas party. While Lindtman is seen in the photo wielding a fake handgun and wearing a balaclava, he himself is not giving the Nazi salute. Nevertheless, the emergence of the photo – taken more than two decades ago – has overshadowed Lindtman’s election as the new party leader, replacing the party’s previous leader and Finland’s former prime minister Sanna Marin. The image first started circulating online a few weeks ago, and it has come back to haunt him after Lindtman won the SPD leadership. (…) It also caused a stir as the Nordic country’s finance minister, Vilhelm Junnila, was forced to step down over references he made to Nazi terminology – as well as the number 88, a numeric code used for ‘Heil Hitler’. Announcing his resignation, Mr Junnila said: ‘For the continuation of the government and the reputation of Finland, I see that it is impossible for me to continue as a minister in a satisfactory way.’

via daily mail: Hitler salute photo shame of Finland’s new opposition leader: Old image emerges of Social Democratic Party chief posing with friends who made Nazi gesture

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