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Helsinki protest focuses on rights before Trump-Putin summit

AP , Sunday 15 Jul 2018
Protest in Helsinki
People hold placards and banners during the so-called "Helsinki Calling" march towards the Senate Square to defend the human rights, freedom of speech and democracy on July 15, 2018, ahead of the arrival of US President for a summit with his Russian counterpart in the Finnish capital Helsinki (Photo: AFP)
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Some 1,500 people are protesting in Helsinki to promote human and sexual rights, democracy and environmental issues ahead of Monday's summit in the Finnish capital between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.

The demonstrators marched through central Helsinki on Sunday into Senate Square shouting "Human rights for all!" and "Helsinki calling for Mr. Putin, Helsinki calling for Mr. Trump!"

One protester held a sign "Build saunas not war!"

Speeches were being delivered later by artists, environmentalists and politicians.

Organizers for "Helsinki Calling" said the protest wasn't aimed directly against the US or Russian president but was designed to focus on key global issues.

Timo Heikkinen, 50, a Helsinki native, says "we celebrate the Helsinki spirit here ... and we welcome everybody who respects human rights and democracy and doesn't share fake news."

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