Here’s the video clip of the debate exchange on the grand mosque that I clipped and translated (makes sure you click the CC button for the subtitles)
Grand Mosque project upsetting Vapaavuori: “I’m going to work against it being built”
– I have never changed my position on the election night. I have the same positions after the election than before them. I think this kind of mosque is not needed in Helsinki. It is clear that for my part I will be working against it, that such a mosque will not be built in Helsinki. Ultimately, the council will decide, said Vapaavuori.
The National Coalition is still largest group in the Helsinki city council, and the scope of spirit within the group is the same as Vapaavuori.
Was the dreams of building the mosque weakened significantly over the night?
– You can say that.
The planning of the Helsinki Grand Mosque, rose as a central theme in the municipal elections in ISTV’s mayoral debate. Candidates attending were the Greens Anni Sinnemäki and the National Coalition Vapaavuori.