Saturday, 24 September 2016 15:30

"Game over" – a big anti-racism and "anti-fascism" protest in Helsinki, Finland

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To be honest I’d have wished that this protest had no reason to happen, instead it turned to be one of the biggest local people gatherings in recent times, with attendance of up to 15 000 people. And as you can guess from the heading it came as a response to the rise of local far-right movements and the recent death of Jimi Karttunen 28, who passed away after an incident with a member of Suomen Vastarintaliike SVL (the Finnish Resistance Movement). And as it's said that a picture is worth “a thousand words” next I shall post several pictures from the event with brief comments.

At the beginning on the Kansalaistori (People’s square) there was a smaller counter protest and here one of its mottoes: "Fixit – independent Finland apart from the EU"

 

Then comes a rather symbolic picture of the main event where on the background we have the Finnish Parliament building and in front the main motto of the current protest “Game over – enough racism and fascism”:

Then some of the crowd:

And again some of the slogans – in front “stop the violence, the racism and the fascism” and on the second one “No to racism, No to fascism, no to nazis”:

Then the crowd proceeded via Mannerheimintie and Alexanderinkatu  to Senaatintori:

And then in front of the Helsinki Cathedral there was again a big gathering of people and civilized unity  speakers, including the former Finnish President Tarja Halonen:

 

 

 

P.S. I personally hope that the next major local gathering is not a protest, but rather a civilized-unity festival.  

Kind regards, Rosti 

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