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Hundreds of motorists protest in Helsinki against fuel prices

The group opposes environmental measures that could pass higher costs onto consumers
Dozens of cars stopped during the protest. Photo: Twitter/@jessepitkanen
Dozens of cars stopped during the protest. Photo: Twitter/@jessepitkanen

Several hundred motorists demonstrated in Helsinki on Saturday to demand lower petrol prices and, using their horns and hazard lights, signal their anger with Finland's climate policy.

The honking vehicles slowly rolled past parliament in the afternoon, footage from Finnish broadcasting company (Yle) showed.

The demonstration was peaceful, police said, with estimated driver turnout at around 460.

The action was organized by a group the name of which roughly translates as 'Stop punishing drivers.'

The group opposes environmental measures that could pass higher costs onto consumers and rejects plans by Prime Minister Sanna Marin, a Social Democrat, to halve emissions from the transport sector by 2030 in order to protect the climate.

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