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On Monday, at the scheduled meeting day between President Trump and Putin, Helsinki saw a few protests.
In the morning, the environmental activist group Greenpeace together with the Kallio Church agreed to send the helmet-wearing activists on a climbing mission to the church tower, and to attach two very large banners on top. It was a message for both presidents: “Warm our hearts, not our planet.”
At the Finlandia Hall, which was the media center for the summit, a group of protesters in colorful clothes appeared with signs, and anarchists attempted to write messages on the street with chalk.
In the afternoon, about 20 anarchists attempted to take over a street, apparently Mannerheimintie, the main road for the presidents’ motorcades. The police surrounded them near the corners of the main post office and the contemporary art museum Kiasma and dragged them away one by one and placed them in two buses. According to the police, their precise motives would be questioned later.