A protest titled ‘Jotain rajaa (There Must Be a Limit)’ summoned about 250 demonstrators for closing the borders at Narinkkatori in Helsinki’s Kamppi district on Saturday afternoon. At the same time, a protest carrying the title ‘Stop the Racism’ gathered about 150 people wearing masks, carrying drums and blowing whistles.
Dozens of police in riot gear kept the opposing groups apart.
The demonstration for closing the borders was arranged by an eponymous citizens’ movement, who are demanding that the government will put a stop to the influx of refugees.
The protesters demanding of keeping the borders open consisted of politically independent people – virtually anyone who opposed racism was welcome to join.
Jotain rajaa demonstrators held speeches, among them Jussi Halla-Aho, a Finns party member and a member of the European parliament, and the former Estonian foreign minister, Kristiina Ojuland.
Watch the interview with Jussi-Halla Aho and the highlights of the protest below: