22:35 GMT +3 hours24 May 2016
Anti-immigration marchers are led by a police van on the streets in Tampere, Finland January 23, 2016. On the northern fringes of Europe, Finland has little history of welcoming large numbers of refugees, unlike neighbouring Sweden. But as with other European countries, it is now struggling with a huge increase in asylum seekers and the authorities are wary of any anti-immigrant vigilantism.

Finns Divided as Mass Anti-Refugee Protest, Counter-Rally Held in Helsinki

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The Finnish capital of Helsinki held mass protests on Saturday both in support and against refugees arriving in the country, local media reported.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The pro-refugee demonstration, bringing together over 500 people was held in the center of the city.

The anti-refugee rally, counting up to 200 people, grew violent with some 20 people arrested.

The anti-refugee demonstrators took to the streets to protest migrant violence towards women, while their opponents claimed that new refugee arrivals in no way threaten peace and security in the country.

Earlier this week, the Finnish Interior Ministry announced the country may reject some 60 percent of refugees who sought asylum in the country in 2015, which would amount to almost 20,000 people.

Last year, the county received 32,000 asylum applications, while in 2014 only 2,600 migrants arrived in Finland.

EDITOR'S NOTE: An earlier version of this article was incorrectly illustrated with a photo of Finnish hockey fans celebrating in Helskinki in January. 

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  • Zhukov
    Send them top the US embassy. Wake up Finland, you are being subverted.
  • Marques rouges
    The goys fighting each other, left vs right while the country is flooded with migrants, and the 1% enjoy their show !
  • michael
    it doesn't seem to be a lot of protesters on either side does it?
  • Minna Holopainen
    FYI: That picture was taken previous weekend in Tampere, not in Helsinki last Saturday. Different place, different date - and different weather.
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