A mayoral candidate for Norway's ruling Progress Party has been accused of hate crimes after he blacked up his face for a sketch lampooning Muslim women who are beaten by their husbands.

Johnny Olaussen, who Progress has put forward to be mayor of Gamvik in Norway's far northern Finnmark county, performed the sketch at a party meeting over the weekend.

"They're blacking themselves up and ridiculing foreigners," Annik Eriksson from the Nora centre against violence and abuse told NRK. "These are hate crimes. The Progress Party must reject this and apologise."

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