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Estonian president slams interior minister over homophobic interview


Je suis Prof
Dec 21, 2019
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In an interview with DW, Estonia's far-right Interior Minister Mart Helme made disparaging remarks on the LGBT+ community. The Estonian president and the prime minister both decried Helme's stance on gay people.
Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid (non-party affiliation) heavily criticized Interior Minister Mart Helme on Saturday over homophobic comments Helme made in a Deutsche Welle interview. Helme told DW's Russian service that he was really "not friendly" to gay people and told them to go to Sweden. President Kaljulaid said Helme was "not suitable" to be a Cabinet member. "A minister with such views is not suitable for the government of the Republic of Estonia," said Kaljulaid, adding that she had expressed her position to Prime Minister Jüri Ratas. "I do not understand the overt hostility of Mart Helme against our society. We are talking about our own people — our policemen and teachers, our creative people and builders, our neighbors, colleagues and friends," she said.

Woman-hating anti-gay Estonian Interior Minister Mart Helme

The president spoke well in defense of European Union values and since the prime minister formed a government with the help of Conservatives, it was only a matter of time before the nation would be embarrassed by one of their number expressing some vile doctrine of hate. Let's see if Prime Minister Jüri Ratas of the Center Party has the sense to give his fat anti-gay interior minister the boot. This is the sort of disgraceful individual Ratas had decided to get the help of when his party was beaten into second place last year by the Reform Party which is left of center. The Reform Party offered to form a government with Center Party but Ratas refused, preferring to make himself prime minister by getting help from the third and fourth parties, both right-wing, the anti-immigrant/anti-gay/misogynist Conservative People's Party (EKRE) and Isamaa.
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