Series of actions of both supporters and opponents of US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin meeting is taking place in Finland, reports Forssan Lehti.
The first such action was the Helsinki Calling march in support of human rights and for democracy, which is organized, inter alia, by the human rights organization Amnesty International, Helsinki for Human Rights and the left-wing young people. It started today from the park Kaisaniemi, passed through the center of the city and ended with a meeting in the Senate Square.
Organizers of the march expected that about 10 thousand people will take part in it. However, according to police, the number of march reached barely 2 thousand people.
Demonstrators held banners "Human rights for all!", "Helsinki calls for peace!", "We are freedom, we are equality, we are changes", "Wake up - throw Trump!" and others. Also there were rainbow flags in support of non-traditional sexual orientation members.
On Senate Square spoke known by sharp criticism of the leadership of Russia, European Parliament deputy Heidi Hautala and writer Sofi Oksanen.
In addition, a rally was held by the youth of the ruling True Finn party, in support of the US anti-immigration policy. It was attended by about 50-70 people with calls to make America great.
As the Ukrainian Ambassador to Finland Andriy Olefirov noted, a rally against Russia and in support of Ukraine is also taking place in Helsinki today.
In total, the Helsinki Police received 11 applications for holding mass events on July 15-16.