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Protests in Helsinki ahead of Trump-Putin summit

Protesters take part in the so-called “Helsinki against Trump and Putin” demonstration on the sidelines of the meeting between US President Donald Trump and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on July 16, 2018, in Helsinki, Finland. (Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)

Protests in Helsinki ahead of Trump-Putin summit

Activists used Monday’s summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin to hold two days of high-profile protests in the Finnish capital over a variety of grievances.

Abortion-rights activists dressed up Monday in bulging bellies and Trump masks. Anti-fascist protesters carried signs with expletive-laden insults. Free traders, anti-war Ukrainians, environmentalists and rainbow flag-waving gay rights supporters all vied for attention from the world’s media.

In a city proud to defend the right to protest, demonstrators were scattered about. Some stayed at barriers erected by police to try to register their complaints as the world leaders sped by in armor-plated vehicles for their summit at Finland’s presidential palace. Others marched by Helsinki landmarks, far away from the leaders’ gathering but in clear view of curious residents and tourists. (AP)

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