About 250 demonstrators all over Finland (and about dozen from Sweden too) gathered to stop busses going to big fur auction at Fur Center in Vantaa (suburb area of Helsinki).
Clashes between police and demonstrators made newspapers to shout again that animal rights activists are violent fanatics etc. In reality it was mostly police which started violence and used it most. No serious injuries haoppened in either side anyway. 40 people were arrested, and released later on same day, but they will probably be accused of "violently resisting police", which means minimum 3 months in prison (in practice suspended, as arested are mainly young and first time-offenders in this kind of crime). Two of the arrested however managed to escape from police bus through roof-window before identity check.
Anyway demonstration left very good feelings for participants because of general disobedient attitude.
This year anarchosyndicalist group Syndicalist Action organised demonstration against this big party which is paid by state money. Main theme was protest against new welfare cuts, which were planned for decision in this week and would cut income from poorest people. So state has money to buy arms, supprt banks and organise luxury parties for rich, but not to give money for basic needs of the poor...
Anyway there was about 100 people in demonstration which proceeded quite peacefully near the palace. Outside palace some people tried several times to push through police towards which didn't succeed however. Five people were arrested but released later on same day after police gave them small fines.
To sum it up: Demo was OK, next year we make it big time !
Jani Koskinen went to prison after press info for 6,5 months, like all total objectors in Finland. Others who also participated in press info and common manifest are going to prison later (depending when is their time to be called to army, how long court process will take etc.).
Jani would surely be happy to recieve cards, magazines etc. Address in prison is:
Helsingin tyosiirtola (Helsinki Work Colony)
PO Box 36
and he will be there until 24.5. -97.