In support of the impassioned rallies across the U.S., a Black Lives Matter march is to take place in Helsinki on Wednesday.
With fluent Finnish, Andrea Moukoko, 19, explains the motive behind arranging the Black Lives Matter March in Helsinki, where, according to her, 2,000 people are expected to join on Wednesday evening based on the information from Facebook.
“The idea for the protest was sparked by all the police incidents happening, the racism, the death of George Floyd,” Moukoko said in an interview with Finland Today.
Floyd was a 46-year-old unarmed black man, killed by the police during an arrest in the city of Minneapolis in the U.S. on May 25. The incident has sparked massive protests across the country. Support protests for solidarity have been arranged digitally across the globe, but now Moukoko and her friend, Sara Balhass, 20, have decided to take it to the streets of Helsinki.
“I moved to Finland from Congo and have lived here for 11 years,” she said, “and while I have not directly experienced racism, I know that it exists behind the curtains.”
Moukoko has heard stories of racism from her friends and seen videos. In one video, she explained, a Somali girl was beaten up by a dozen Finnish girls in the woods somewhere, perhaps, in rural Finland. “The point of our protest is to raise awareness,” Moukoko said.
The protest is to begin at the Senate Square at 17:00, and it seems that not even the restrictions of the coronavirus pandemic—where public gatherings are limited to 50 people—can stop the mass gathering.
“The police are aware of the number of possible attendants, which could be as much as 2,000,” Moukoko said. “They advised us to use precautions: masks, gloves, and so on.”