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Home NATIONALHundreds gather in Helsinki to welcome refugees
Sun, 13 Sep, 2015 12:08:13 AM
FTimes – STT Report, Sep 13
People gather at Helsinki Citizens' Square to say welcome to refugees on Saturday. Photo – Str / Lehtikuva.
About a thousand people gathered in Helsinki on Saturday evening for the Finland Says Welcome (Suomi sanoo tervetuloa) solidarity picnic, the police said.
Around 7000 people registered for the event on Facebook, the organisers said.
The gathering at the Citizen Square in Helsinki was intended to show solidarity with refugees. 
Similar events were held all over Europe on Saturday. In Finland, the picnics were held in Helsinki, Espoo, Vaasa, Jyväskylä and Tampere. In Tampere’s Sorsa park, less than a hundred people attended the event, according to police estimates, and in Jyväskylä’s Church park, there were 30-40 people in attendance.
There were no reports of public disturbance associated with the events. The Helsinki police said they would make provisions prior to the events, just like with any other event with a similar size.
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