Five Protests Will Occupy Helsinki Center on Saturday – Two Against Left-Wingers

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The police are preparing to protect the protests on Saturday in riot gear. In the picture, riot police guarding the protests during the Independence Day on December 6 2015. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

The police are preparing to protect the protests on Saturday in riot gear. In the picture, riot police guarding the protests during the Independence Day on December 6 2015. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

The protest against neo-Nazis Peli Poikki! – Rikotaan hiljaisuus (Stop This Game – Let’s break the silence) that we told about earlier this week is getting company from five different protests on Saturday afternoon. Two of them are related to the recent events, where a young man was attacked by a neo-Nazi and later lost his life to cerebral hemorrhage.

Rajat kiinni! (Close the borders) movement is arranging a protest against the violence of left-wing activists and the “hate campaigns of big capital liar media.” “We think it’s outrageous that a recently deceased person is used as a hobby-horse for the left-wing activists to affect society and as a hobby-horse for the propaganda campaign of the liar media,” the arrangers said on Facebook.

The protest is arranged at the statue of The Three Smiths (Kolmen sepän patsas), opposite Stockmann in Helsinki center at noon on Saturday. The police, however, suggested that the location would be moved to Narinkkatori in Kamppi because thousands of protesters who are joining the protest against neo-Nazis are passing the statue while marching to the Senate Square.

Close the borders movement thanked for the suggestion on Facebook but said that they will stay at The Three Smiths Statue. 12 people have announced to join the protest, according to their event page.

The police are calling extras to work to help to keep the protesters on the opposite sides separated. “When masses as big as these summon, all kinds of people are coming along. The basic duty of the police is nonetheless to protect the right to demonstrate in all events,” said Ismo Juvonen, chief inspector at the Helsinki Police Department.

Three other protests are arranged in Helsinki as well on Saturday. A protest that is also using the slogan “Peli poikki (Stop This Game)” is arranged at the opposite side of Citizens’ Square (Kansalaistori), starting from 11:30. Their agenda is to demonstrate against racism towards Finns. “In the past few years, a loud “suvakki” culture that is a culture against Finns, which is supported by the mass media, has been developing. Under its wing, a culture against Finns and a movement of violent left-wing extremists have been able to grow in peace.” The protest is organized by private citizens, entrepreneurs and activists. 88 people are joining, according to Facebook.

At Narinkkatori, a demonstration is arranged against the attacks of Turkey, ISIS and other groups in Rojava in northern Syria. In addition, the Finnish marriage movement Aito avioliitto is protesting for a child’s right to a mother and father by marching from the Senate Square to the Citizens’ Square, starting at 13:30.