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Climate protesters climb Finnish Parliament House pillars

Members of several Finnish environmental groups demonstrated at the Finnish Parliament on 6 March. Eight protesters were detained after scaling the giant stone columns.

Ympäristöjärjestö Greenpeacen haalareihin pukeutuneita ihmisiä eduskunnan pylväissä.
Eight or so people scaled the columns of the building. Image: Vesa Moilanen / Lehtikuva

An array of environmental NGOS carried out a protest in Helsinki on Wednesday to call attention to climate concerns. An estimated 250 people gathered on the steps of the Finnish Parliament. Eight people climbed the Parliament House's massive granite columns in Greenpeace overalls as part of the protest.

Greenpeacen mielenosoitus eduskuntatalon edustalla
The steps of the Finnish Parliament on 6 March. Image: Anne Orjala / Yle

They were detained on charges of disrupting the peace and insubordination, but released later in the afternoon.

Law enforcement told Yle earlier that it did not have plans to remove the climbers from the pillars, as it wished to avoid any dangerous incidents.

Other groups taking part included the Finnish Nature League, Friends of the Earth, Extinction Rebellion, Climate Parents Finland and the performance art group Ilmastokirkko ('Climate Church').

Helsinki Police reported on Twitter that about 250 people were taking part in the protest. Some of the banners at the protest contained slogans like "The future is decided now" and "Limit logging".

Greenpeacen mielenosoitus eduskuntatalon edustalla
A colourful protester at the event. Image: Anne Orjala / Yle

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