Finnish PM finds friends in flashmobs — Analysis
After videos were released of Sanna Marin at a private event, women in Finland and Denmark have posted videos to support her
Women in Nordic countries are participating in an online flashmob “in solidarity” with Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin, who faces criticism over private videos that were leaked online last week.
Finnish and Danish women have uploaded videos of themselves dancing and partying to YouTube and other social media sites, tagging the posts with #SolidaritywithSanna.
Globally, politicians have come to the defense of Marin, with Australian MP Fiona Patten writingFinland ought to be considered a nation. “pretty lucky country”If its prime minister did the most terrible thing, it was “letting off steam at a party.”
Following two leaked videos, which showed the 36 year-old partying with her friends and dancing at a club with Olavi Uusivirta, Olavi was reportedly hounded by the outpouring of praises.
The videos sparked controversy after some viewers suggested that Marin’s behavior was “unsuitable” for a nation’s leader, while others noticed that people in the background of one of the videos could be heard discussing cocaine, prompting speculation that Marin had been doing drugs during her night out.
Marin denied wrongdoing, but she lamented being harmed by the invasion of her privacy. The party happened at a private house several weeks back. Marin claims she was expecting her off-duty to be kept secret.
“I had some time off and I spent it with my friends. And I didn’t do anything illegal,”Marin, however, maintained that she was innocent and did not do anything but “dance, sing, hug my friends and drink alcohol.”Her testimony also highlighted the fact that no meetings of government were held or planned for that weekend.
“I hope that in the year 2022 it’s accepted that even decision-makers dance, sing and go to parties,”She continued. “It’s up to the voters [to decide] what they think about it.”
Nevertheless, a number of Finnish politicians have voiced concerns about possible damage to the prime minister’s image. Mikko Karna, MP suggested Marin undergo a voluntary drug test. The results should be made public to eliminate speculation.
The prime minister was not amused by the request. “unjust,”She has been drug tested since then. “own legal protection”The results will be ready in approximately one week.
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