The streets have been populated by impassioned Iraqi and Finnish protesters for the past 5 months, waving placards and chanting for justice. The 140 day long protests were cut short midway through last week, after police ordered their closure.
Police officials argued the upcoming Pride festival would coincide with demonstrations - despite the fact that both events were due to take place in different areas. With some misgivings Iraqi and Finnish protesters complied with these demands.
“We’ve made progress” said Mustafa, one of the organisers. “The demonstrations have been gradually growing, and many Finns have joined the cause”.