Protesters in Finland attack refugee buses

Protesters with KKK clothing attack refugee buses arriving near city of Lahti

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A demonstrator wearing a Ku Klux Klan outfit attends a protest against refugees in Lahti, Finland September 24, 2015. Demonstrators threw stones and launched fireworks at a bus full of asylum seekers arriving at a reception centre in southern Finland

Asylum seekers arriving in Hennala district of Lahti, Finland on Thursday were attacked with fireworks by protesters marching against their arrival.

No injuries were reported after the dangerous attack by the demonstrators, where many children were present among those attacked. As well as attacking children, the protesters threw stones at Red Cross employees.

As Finnish media report, a demonstrator was dressed as a Ku Klux Klan member holding a Finnish flag.

Finland's Prime Minister Juha Sipila released a statement on the incident on Friday, where he expressed his disappointment of such actions.

"Finland's government condemns last night's racist protests against the asylum seekers who have come to the country," he stated along with his his foreign and finance ministers.

"Violence and threatening behaviour is always indefensible."

They also pointed out that they are open to accept refugees describing Finland as "an international, open and tolerant country."

The PM also said that the rest of the Europe should take Finland as an example and act accordingly in the refugee crisis.

The head of the Finns Party Timo Soini, as well as foreign minister and deputy prime minister, who are members of the government coalition, are against welcoming refugees into the country.  

Party members referred to the current situation as a “nightmare of multiculturalism.”

At the same time, the northern Finnish border was also under tension after more than 500 people made a human wall to prevent refugees from entering the country.

Finland accepted more than 11,000 refugees this year and has to accept another 1,286.

First Vice President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, said that a solution must be found over the refugee crisis otherwise far-right groups will benefit from this even more.

"If we are not able to find sustainable solutions, you will see a surge of the extreme right across the European continent," Timmermans told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

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