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Four detained as protest at Iranian Embassy becomes "heated"

Protesters allegedly stole and burned a flag and threw stones at a police helicopter in a leafy Helsinki suburb.

Iranin suurlähetystö Helsingissä
The Iranian Embassy in Kulosaari. Image: Yle

A demonstration outside the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran turned violent on Monday afternoon, say Helsinki police. They detained four people.

Law enforcement officials say that protesters stole a flag from the embassy property and set it on fire. They also threw rocks at a police helicopter that was being used to film the scene.

Police say that around 150 people took part in the demonstration. No-one was injured.

Disturbance of the peace, violent resistance

Three individuals were taken into custody on suspicion of aggravated disturbance of the peace for the flag-burning. Another was detained for suspected violent resistance against an official.

The embassy is located in Kulosaari, a quiet, mostly-residential island district in eastern Helsinki.

Authorities had been informed in advance of a peaceful demonstration to be held from 1 to 3 pm.

According to a police statement, “during the demonstration, the participants’ feelings became heated”.

Police have promised more information about the incident on Tuesday.

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