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In Helsinki, Somalis Protest Ethiopian 'Genocide'

About 300 Somali demonstrators marched in downtown Helsinki on Friday, demanding that Ethiopian troops pull out of Somalia. They carried placards accusing Ethiopian troops of genocide in the country.

Ethiopian forces have occupied several Somali cities for a year now. The UN says that Somalia faces a worse humanitarian crisis than Darfur.

The protesters marched to the American Embassy, demanding that the US end its support for the Ethiopian army's incursion into Somalia -- which was aimed at crushing a radical Muslim group with alleged links to al-Qaida.

According to Statistics Finland, Somalis form the largest non-European group of foreigners in Finland, with some 4600 Somali citizens registered last year.

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