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This is a translated news-article from the Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat. While it is both hilarious and absurd, it also makes one lose a part of his faith in democracy. 







There was a heated debate in the city council of Helsinki on wednesday regarding the human-rights situation in Russia. The debate started from Thomas Wallgren's (SDP) initiative. Wallgren proposed that Helsinki should abolish the twin-town relationship with St. Petersburg because of the law enacted that prohibits the spreading of "gay-propaganda". 


According to Wallgren and 18 other representatives, the law oppresses sexual minorities and makes them a marginal group in the society. 


"All the things you hear, when you grow old!" shouted Markku Vuorinen (Centre party) in response. "Are people longing for another Winter War? I can't believe a proposition like this would come from the left", he continued. 


Harri Lindell, the leader of the True Finn's city council-group, said that Finns should not meddle in the internal affairs of Russia. He claimed that it would not be wise, considering that alot of Russian tourists visit Finland and Russia is an important business-partner for Finland. 


Wallgren's proposition was also criticized from within the SDP. Ilkka Taipale (SDP) said that continuously bringing up LGBT-issues is tiresome and that there are bigger problems in the world. 


"Leave us meat-eating heterosexuals alone for a change", he said. 


According to Ville Ylikari (Green party) Taipale's opinions are "pointless dissing", since most matters brought up at the city council can be disregarded by saying that there are bigger problems in the world. 


Pekka Saarnio (Left alliance) pointed out that they cannot terminate the twin-city relationship with St. Petersburg, since St. Petersburg is not a twin-city of Helsinki to begin with. 


Veronika Honkasalo from the Left Alliance criticized in general the city council's debates regarding human-rights. According to her the discussions are overly dominated by the opinions of white, middle-aged heterosexual males. 


"There are representatives of minorities here in the council as well. I hope this would be remembered by the rest."


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