Harassment accusations rattle Finnish parliament, media – EURACTIV.com

Harassment accusations rattle Finnish parliament, media – EURACTIV.com

A sexual harassment row broke out in Finland’s parliament on Thursday, causing ripples throughout politics and society. Jarmo Vähäkainu, the second vice-chair of the populist and nationalist Power Belongs to the People (VKK) party, published a picture of the Green Party vice-chair Iiris Suomela sitting in the parliament cafeteria wearing a short dress on social media. Vähäkainu, in a clumsy attempt to be humorous, compared dressing up like that to sexual harassment. Suomela found this to be an invasion of privacy and a form of harassment. Speaking to the Finnish News Agency (STT), the parliament’s Information and Communication Director Rainer Hindsberg confirmed that the matter had been investigated and “further actions will be decided within days.” Vähäkainu, who took the picture, is not a member of the parliament. Rules concerning …
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