About 1,200 members of the public gathered in front of the Parliament in Helsinki to rally their countrymen to respect tolerance and multiculturalism.
According to police sources the demonstration proceeded peacefully. The rally was seeded by private individuals on Facebook and called for an open and tolerant Finland that cares for minorities and shoulders its share of responsibility for global problems. About 1,700 people had signed up for the rally on the popular social networking site.
The organisers say the demonstration was also inspired by the landlside support enjoyed by the True Finns in the recent election. ”Those who were unsettled by the election result clearly felt a great need to come here and share their experiences,” said Heini Junkkaala, one of the organisers.
Via Ulla M. Saikku