Two policemen are guarding the main entrance to the Government Palace on October 8, 2021. Photograph: Tony Öhberg/Finland Today
HELSINKI—Elokapina climate activists blocked the main entrance to the Government Palace at the corner of the Senate Square on Friday morning. Some of the activists had attached themselves to the surrounding iron structures. According to the protesters, the police gave an order to move away at 13:38, and the police started carrying them into the buses.
“Controlling the movement of the people inside the Government Palace can be considered, to some degree, as a violent threat,” Jarkko Lehtinen, chief inspector at the Helsinki Police Department, said on Twitter.
When Finland Today visited the scene around 15:00 there were no protesters at the steps in front of the palace’s main entrance. The police were sealing off the area.
The police sealed off the area. Photograph: Tony Öhberg/Finland Today
About a dozen protesters were standing at the side entrance to the palace holding red signs that shouted “CLIMATE EMERGENCY!” A few policemen were guarding the entrance.
The activists standing there noted before 16:00 on Twitter that they are interested in opening discussions with Annika Saarikko (the Centre), the minister of science and culture. In a nutshell, Elokapina is demanding more concrete climate measures from the government.
In total, the police caught 51 people. They are suspected of various offenses , such as disobidience and aggravated disturbing of public peace.
Elokapina activists standing in front of the side entrance to the palace. Photograph: Tony Öhberg/Finland Today