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A demonstrator listening to the speeches of the concerned students during the protest against the planned cuts to the education at Kanslaistori in Helsinki on Monday June 15 2015. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Late on Monday afternoon, about 2000 people summoned at Kansalaistori in Helsinki to demonstrate against the government’s plans to slice the budget for education by 600 million euros. The protest was arranged by Ana Jelić, 17, an immigrant originating from Serbia and her friends, who thought that there’s nothing stopping them from arranging a protest for a good cause. After holding speeches, the demonstrators started a march to the Senate Square and to the front of the Government Palace in hopes that their message of “Use your common sense! Education is important!” would be heard by someone . . .

Watch the video with the interview of Ana, where she among others ponders the comment by finance minister Alexander Stubb: “Finland needs an innovative and creative study culture. And it will have to be done with less money.”



Ana Jelić decided to arrange the protest because people need to do something to stop the widening of the gap between students from different backgrounds. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today



Ozan Yanar and Ville Niinistö from the Greens party think that the government’s plan to cut from education is senseless. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today


Marina Sundell, 21, doesn’t want to pay back student loan for half of his life. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today