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Here comes Finland independence Day, på svenska Självständighetsdagenon, December 6 - it has been since 1917. every year.
Wearing their traditional white caps and carrying torches, students in Helsinki start at Hietaniemi Cemetery and walk to Senate Square, where they listen to speeches and music. The President awards medals and decorations to several thousand people for outstanding achievements.
But police on the Day said they had detained at least ten (edit: more specifically 13) people for disturbing the peace during Independence Day marches. Police tweeted that those apprehended were carrying illicit items, such as torches.
Around 5.30pm climate activist group Elokapina told the Finnish News Agency it temporary blocked the neo-Nazi Soldiers of Odin procession by sitting down on the sidewalk on Töölönkatu. The Soldiers of Odin began assembling on Kansalaistori “citizens’ square” outside Helsinki’s central library, Oodi, around 4pm.
Otherwise, anti-Nazi demonstrators carried rainbow flags and signs slamming fascists and Nazis.
The 500-strong “Helsinki without Nazis” counter-demonstration left Narinkkatori Square in Kamppi around 5.30pm, shouting slogans in Finnish and Swedish.