Tens of thousands demonstrate against racism in Finland after man assaulted at neo-Nazi rally dies

28-year-old man died six days after hitting head on ground during neo-Nazi rally

Samuel Osborne
Sunday 25 September 2016 13:53 BST
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Protesters take part in a demonstration against racism and far right movements in downtown Helsinki, Finland, 24 September, 2016
Protesters take part in a demonstration against racism and far right movements in downtown Helsinki, Finland, 24 September, 2016 (Reuters)

Tens of thousands of people demonstrated across Finland against racism and violence under the slogan "Enough is enough" following the death of a man who was assaulted during a neo-Nazi rally.

The demonstration snaked through the capital of Helsinki as participants and spectators held green balloons and signs reading "No to Nazism".

A 28-year-old man died six days after hitting his head on the ground after he reportedly spat in front the Finnish Resistance Movement during a rally on 10 September.

Participants and spectators held green balloons and signs reading "No to Nazism" during a demonstration against racism and far right movements in downtown Helsinki, Finland, 24 September, 2016
Participants and spectators held green balloons and signs reading "No to Nazism" during a demonstration against racism and far right movements in downtown Helsinki, Finland, 24 September, 2016 (Reuters)

A 26-year-old suspect is being held on suspicion of assault and homicide.

Neither the man nor the suspect have been identified by police.

Elsewhere in Helsinki on Saturday, an anti-immigration counter-demonstration took place under the slogan "Close borders!"

No confrontations were reported.

Last year, around 32,000 asylum seekers travelled to Finland, mostly from Iraq.

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