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Police: Summit day turning out as planned

Helsinki Police Superintendent Pekka Höök told Yle Monday afternoon that despite the scale of the Trump-Putin summit, police have faced few surprises.

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A police officer on duty Monday in central Helsinki. Image: Marja Väänänen / Yle

"For the police, the day has gone according to plan. Even morning traffic moved along nicely. People listened to [our] advice and apparently left their cars at home," Superintendent Höök Yle Monday afternoon.

Rail traffic was, however, briefly at a standstill in the capital Monday morning due to a technical systems fault.

"That's something we didn't wish for, but in the end, not even that caused major delays,” Höök pointed out.

Not the first time

Routes traveled by presidential motorcades were lined by thousands of people during the day, but police have yet to issue an estimate of how many turned out to catch a glimpse of Trump and Putin passing by. Various demonstrations took place in a spirit of what Superintendent Höök described as "good understanding" with the authorities.

"The police always have advance contact with protest organizers, negotiate about the routes of marches and the demonstrations themselves. The demonstrations have come off as planned," Höök explained.

Monday was a major challenge for Helsinki's police department, but Höök and his fellow officers have taken it all in stride. "This is not the first time that a big event has been arrange in Finland," he pointed out.

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