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Finland: Refugee bus attacked while entering Lahti reception centre00:34

Finland: Refugee bus attacked while entering Lahti reception centre

Finland, Lahti
September 25, 2015 at 11:09 GMT +00:00 · Published

Up to 40 Finnish nationalists threw stones and other missiles at a bus carrying refugees outside a reception centre in the town of Lahti, Friday. The demonstrators – one reportedly dressed up as Ku Klux Klan member –hurled stones and let off fireworks toward the bus, which was carrying up to 40 asylum seekers, including at least several young children.

The attack in Lahti was reflected in the town of Kouvola, when a petrol bomb was thrown at a refugee reception centre on Friday, according to Finnish police. No one is thought to have been hurt in the incident.

In 2015 Finland has taken in over 13,000, mostly Iraqi, asylum seekers, compared to 3,600 that the country took in last year. In recent days, an estimated 500 refugees have crossed the Swedish -Finnish border near Tornio.

Finland was the only EU state to abstain from Wednesday’s vote on the relocation of 120,000 asylum seekers across EU member states. Despite this position, Finland has accepted a two percent share of the 120,000.

Finland: Refugee bus attacked while entering Lahti reception centre00:34
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Up to 40 Finnish nationalists threw stones and other missiles at a bus carrying refugees outside a reception centre in the town of Lahti, Friday. The demonstrators – one reportedly dressed up as Ku Klux Klan member –hurled stones and let off fireworks toward the bus, which was carrying up to 40 asylum seekers, including at least several young children.

The attack in Lahti was reflected in the town of Kouvola, when a petrol bomb was thrown at a refugee reception centre on Friday, according to Finnish police. No one is thought to have been hurt in the incident.

In 2015 Finland has taken in over 13,000, mostly Iraqi, asylum seekers, compared to 3,600 that the country took in last year. In recent days, an estimated 500 refugees have crossed the Swedish -Finnish border near Tornio.

Finland was the only EU state to abstain from Wednesday’s vote on the relocation of 120,000 asylum seekers across EU member states. Despite this position, Finland has accepted a two percent share of the 120,000.