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Rocks bounced from the side of the bus. The fireworks cracked overhead loudly. The photographers and the volunteer workers of the Finnish Red Cross were evading the rocks and the fireworks shot by the protesters towards the buses and everybody standing behind the police cars, which were guarding the entrance to an old military barrack turned into a reception centre in the Hennala district of the southern city of Lahti, in the night between Thursday and Friday.
— Expressen (@Expressen) September 25, 2015
One of the protesters wore a white Ku Klux Klan robe, including the pointed hat, designed to be terrifying and to hide one’s identity while pursuing the terror of a white supremacist agenda in the southern America in the 1860s.
Now, about 155 years later, the demonstrator in the KKK robe was waving the Finnish flag and standing amongst the protesters of about 40, consisting of young adults, some more intoxicated than the others, according to the police.
The bus was carrying 49 asylum seekers, most from Iraq. Among the passengers were small children, even toddlers.
Luckily, nobody was injured during the protest.
The police caught two demonstrators. The other was intoxicated.
The Finnish government condemns all racist protests.
“Finland is an international, open and tolerant country. The majority of the citizens accept immigrants,” the government said in a bulletin.
“The violence conducted last night is condemnable. We have to have zero tolerance towards this. The police is investigating the matter and the security will be increased,” said Petteri Orpo, the minister of the interior, on Twitter on Friday morning.
Another three busses arrived at Hennala on Friday morning. In total, the city of Lahti is currently receiving 250 asylum seekers.