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Sun, 27 Sep, 2015 02:04:36 AM
Residents protest against refugee centre
FTimes-STT Report, Sep 27
Iraqi asylum seekers in refugee center located in the former barracks in Hennala in Lahti, Finland on September 25, 2015. The asylum seekers were confronted Thursday night by protesters who hurled fireworks and threw stones at the bus carrying them. Photo Lehtikuva.
The Police on Saturday arrested two asylum-seekers at Turku where about two dozen of them staged demonstration against attacks on an asylum reception centre at Kouvola and throwing fireworks at buses carrying refugees at Lahti late Thursday and early Friday nights.
The asylum-seekers burst into the head police station without permission, moving into the refugee investigation hall. Some behaved aggressively leading to the arrest.
They are charged with violating public peace and refuting police orders.  
Meanwhile, more than 200 people staged a demonstration on Saturday in Turku, southwest Finland, to protest against the setup of an emergency accommodation site for asylum seekers, local media reported.
The residents of Runosmaki, a suburb of Turku with a population of about 10,300, gathered on the playground of the abandoned Runosmaki school, where a reception centre for refugees is planned by the city of Turku.
The demonstrators voiced their concern about the security of the district. They warned of the danger of extremists and emphasized the importance of nationalism.
At the same time, a small group of about 30 people held a counter-demonstration to welcome the refugees. They were directed by the police to the other side of the school.
The police said the protest passed off peacefully, even though there were some wrangles between the two sides.
Finnish media said there was an attempt to set it afire last night, and earlier this week a dozen windows of the building were broken.
However, police turned to citizens and the media Saturday in order to clarify the identity of protesters who intimidated and assaulted asylum seekers at an emergency accommodation unit early Friday morning. 
Police are asking for pictures and photos of the night's events.
Some protesters threw stones and fireworks at refugees as they entered the accommodation. One was dressed in the outfit of American terrorist organization, the Ku Klux Klan.
Meanwhile, influx of refugees from Sweden continued on Saturday.
About 300 refugees, who had crossed the border at Tornio by 7pm on Saturday, were ushered to the registration centre.  According to police, the border was calm.
Friday saw more than a hundred additional refugees cross the border from Sweden.
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