Cruiser liner hampered by environmental activists at Helsinki port

Source: Xinhua| 2019-09-26 05:42:35|Editor: yan
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HELSINKI, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) -- Environmental activists on Wednesday evening tried to block a cruiser liner as it was pulling out of the Helsinki West Harbour.

Persons in kayaks and rowboats surrounded the ship "Queen Elisabeth," local media reported.

Nine people were arrested after the Helsinki police and the Finnish coast guard intervened. All except one were released later. The police said the detainees were suspected of obstructing traffic and of insubordination against the police.

The cruise liner was able to sail out of Helsinki an hour late. There were no injuries.

Local media reported that the activists represented a local branch of the Extinction Rebellion. The network has arranged several interventions in Europe since 2018.

It demands carbon neutrality in Europe in 2025. The Finnish cabinet aims at carbon neutrality by 2035, while most of Europe aims at 2050. National radio Yle said the network has been active in Finland since late 2018.

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