Finland: Far-right, anti-fascists face off during Independence Day marches

Thousands of opposing protesters faced off in three separate marches in Helsinki on Wednesday, the Finnish Day of Independence. Members of the far-right Nordic Resistance Movement (NMR) were banned from demonstrating, however, hundreds still flooded the streets. «We think this is the freedom of speech,” said one of the NMR members commenting the march. The Finnish 621 movement, which also... Еще gathered to mark the occasion, also walked through the streets with lit torches, while anti-fascists protested both movements. While police took some people into custody, no major incidents were reported. Finland became independent from Russia in 1917 after 108 years under the Russian Empire.

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