ASYLUM SEEKERS ARE NEGOTIATING FOR THE RIGHT TO DEMONSTRATE AT HELSINKI RAILWAY SQUARE

Asylum seekers’ RightToLive demonstration has started negotiations with the City of Helsinki construction department concerning their right to demonstrate at Helsinki Railway Square. “We have demonstrated for 100 days, observing the law and in good cooperation with both the police and the city, and we believe we will be able to stay at the Square”, says Ahmad Hadi, organiser of the demonstration.


Asylum seekers and their Finnish supporters consider that the law strongly protects the right to demonstrate. The right to demonstrate is a key fundamental right and human right (§ 13 of the Constitution of Finland, Article 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights), and public authorities, such as the city and its officials, must promote the exercise of the right to demonstrate (§ 22 of the Constitution, § 4 of the Assembly Act).

The demonstrators’ cooperation with the World Village Festival has also gone well, and the demonstrators look forward to the multicultural event taking place at the Railway Square on 27 and 28 May. A scooter festival will be organised at the Railway Square on Saturday 20 May, and there have been no problems with this, either. The asylum seekers emphasise that the bicycle lane and pavement behind the tent are always fully accessible to pedestrians and bicyclists.

The RightToLive demonstration has continued uninterrupted for 100 days on Saturday 20 May, and the asylum seekers wish to welcome everyone at the Railway Square!


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