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Wed, 17 Dec, 2014 10:02:05 PM
FTimes-Xinhua Report, Dec 17

Finnish lorry drivers staged a demonstration in the capital Helsinki on Wednesday, blocking the traffic in the city center, reported Finnish national broadcaster YLE.

     The lorry drivers protested against an influx of cheap labor, which has lowered the wages in the Finnish market. They called for an investigation to determine if all of the transport drivers in Finland are operating legally.

     A motorcade including about 50 trucks departed from the Vuosaari harbor in eastern Helsinki at 11 am, driving slowly to the city centre. The trucks arrived at the Parliament House at around 1 pm.


The demonstration caused severe traffic congestion in downtown Helsinki around the midday.

     Fortunately, it was not at rush hours, said local police, the lorry drivers' protest passed off peacefully, and now the situation has returned to normal.

     Using foreign-owned transport services for commercial and industrial transport forces wages in Finland to drop, according to the Finnish Transport and Logistics association, supervision of illegal transport and heavy loads needs to be increased in Finland.  

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