A demonstrator talks on the cellphone at the Stop Now! protest in the Senate Square in Helsinki on February 1, 2024. Photograph and video: TONY ÖHBERG/FINLAND TODAY / Click to view the video.

ABOUT 13,000 PEOPLE, according to police estimates, took part in a protest called “Stop Now!” in the Senate Square on Thursday afternoon in sunny, mild winter weather.

People came from all over the country to demonstrate against the government’s policy proposals, which Jarkko Eloranta, the president of the Central Organization of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK), called “an attack on workers in many ways.”


“We came here in one of the seven buses full of demonstrators from Turku,” said Miira Ikiviita, 52, an Industrial Union member working in the pharmaceutical industry.

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We captured a video of what some protesters thought of the government and why they were in Senate Square.