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Police hold four following scuffle during Soldiers of Odin procession

The persons detained were not members of the far-right group.

Soldiers of Odinin logo takin selässä.
Image: Ismo Pekkarinen / AOP

Police reportedly intervened when a fracas arose during a procession of the far-right anti-immigrant group Soldiers of Odin in Tampere. Central Finland police said that the scuffle involved participants of the march and other parties not affiliated with the self-styled street patrol group and had the potential to escalate into violence.

Police said that the disturbance occurred as the 80-person procession was coming to an end, when apparent protesters repeatedly attempted to obstruct the progress of the march by shouting and being disruptive. The clash took place at the park next to Tampere’s old library building.

"There was provocation on both sides. There was some degree of physical contact between the two groups. So far there is no information to indicate that anyone was injured during the incident," police said in a statement.

Officers detained four people, none of whom were members of the right-wing group. Police said that procession participants were not suspected of any wrongdoing.

The Central Finland police department said officers were able to defuse the situation and prevent further clashes. The procession continued on its route, however protesters reportedly continued to shout at participants.

According to police group had notified officials of its intention to assemble for the march, which took place between 5.00 and 7.00pm on Saturday.

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