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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<p>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) </p>
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)

<p>People depicting pregnant U.S. president Donald Trump attend a protest at Senate Square to support women’s reproductive rights, during the U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin summit in Helsinki, Finland July 16, 2018. (Photo: Ints Kalnins/Reuters) </p>
Protests in Helsinki ahead of Trump-Putin summit

People depicting pregnant U.S. president Donald Trump attend a protest at Senate Square to support women’s reproductive rights, during the U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin summit in Helsinki, Finland July 16, 2018. (Photo: Ints Kalnins/Reuters)

<p>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) </p>
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)

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<p>A protester wears a mask featuring a portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin during the so-called “Helsinki against Trump and Putin” demonstration on July 16, 2018, in the Finnish capital Helsinki. (Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Protests in Helsinki ahead of Trump-Putin summit

A protester wears a mask featuring a portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin during the so-called “Helsinki against Trump and Putin” demonstration on July 16, 2018, in the Finnish capital Helsinki. (Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>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) </p>
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)

<p>People hold placards and banners during the so-called “Helsinki Calling” march towards the Senate Square to defend the human rights, freedom of speech and democracy on July 15, 2018, ahead of the arrival of President for a summit with his Russian counterpart in the Finnish capital Helsinki. (Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Protests in Helsinki ahead of Trump-Putin summit

People hold placards and banners during the so-called “Helsinki Calling” march towards the Senate Square to defend the human rights, freedom of speech and democracy on July 15, 2018, ahead of the arrival of President for a summit with his Russian counterpart in the Finnish capital Helsinki. (Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>People hold placards and banners during the so-called “Helsinki Calling” march towards the Senate Square to defend the human rights, freedom of speech and democracy on July 15, 2018, ahead of the arrival of President for a summit with his Russian counterpart in the Finnish capital Helsinki. (Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Protests in Helsinki ahead of Trump-Putin summit

People hold placards and banners during the so-called “Helsinki Calling” march towards the Senate Square to defend the human rights, freedom of speech and democracy on July 15, 2018, ahead of the arrival of President for a summit with his Russian counterpart in the Finnish capital Helsinki. (Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A protester wears a mask bearing a portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin as protesters gather on the Senate Square at the end of the so-called “Helsinki Calling” march to defend the human rights, freedom of speech and democracy on July 15, 2018, ahead of the arrival of President for a summit with his Russian counterpart in the Finnish capital Helsinki. (Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Protests in Helsinki ahead of Trump-Putin summit

A protester wears a mask bearing a portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin as protesters gather on the Senate Square at the end of the so-called “Helsinki Calling” march to defend the human rights, freedom of speech and democracy on July 15, 2018, ahead of the arrival of President for a summit with his Russian counterpart in the Finnish capital Helsinki. (Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A protester shouts slogans during the so-called “Helsinki Calling” march towards the Senate Square to defend the human rights, freedom of speech and democracy on July 15, 2018, ahead of the arrival of President for a summit with his Russian counterpart in the Finnish capital Helsinki. (Photo: Alessandro Rampazzo/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Protests in Helsinki ahead of Trump-Putin summit

A protester shouts slogans during the so-called “Helsinki Calling” march towards the Senate Square to defend the human rights, freedom of speech and democracy on July 15, 2018, ahead of the arrival of President for a summit with his Russian counterpart in the Finnish capital Helsinki. (Photo: Alessandro Rampazzo/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A protester on a skateboard holds a placard with the peace symbol during the so-called “Helsinki Calling” march towards the Senate Square to defend the human rights, freedom of speech and democracy on July 15, 2018, ahead of the arrival of President for a summit with his Russian counterpart in the Finnish capital Helsinki. (Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Protests in Helsinki ahead of Trump-Putin summit

A protester on a skateboard holds a placard with the peace symbol during the so-called “Helsinki Calling” march towards the Senate Square to defend the human rights, freedom of speech and democracy on July 15, 2018, ahead of the arrival of President for a summit with his Russian counterpart in the Finnish capital Helsinki. (Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>People attend ‘Helsinki Calling’ protest ahead of meeting between the U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, July 15, 2018. (Photo: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters) </p>
Protests in Helsinki ahead of Trump-Putin summit

People attend ‘Helsinki Calling’ protest ahead of meeting between the U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, July 15, 2018. (Photo: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters)

<p>People carry pictures of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin as they attend ‘Helsinki Calling’ protest ahead of meeting between the President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland July 15, 2018. The banner reads “Worse than each other”. (Photo: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters) </p>
Protests in Helsinki ahead of Trump-Putin summit

People carry pictures of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin as they attend ‘Helsinki Calling’ protest ahead of meeting between the President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland July 15, 2018. The banner reads “Worse than each other”. (Photo: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters)

<p>People attend ‘Helsinki Calling’ protest ahead of meeting between the President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, July 15, 2018. (Photo: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters) </p>
Protests in Helsinki ahead of Trump-Putin summit

People attend ‘Helsinki Calling’ protest ahead of meeting between the President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, July 15, 2018. (Photo: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters)

<p>People hold placards and banners during the so-called “Helsinki Calling” march towards the Senate Square to defend the human rights, freedom of speech and democracy on July 15, 2018, ahead of the arrival of President for a summit with his Russian counterpart in the Finnish capital Helsinki. (Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Protests in Helsinki ahead of Trump-Putin summit

People hold placards and banners during the so-called “Helsinki Calling” march towards the Senate Square to defend the human rights, freedom of speech and democracy on July 15, 2018, ahead of the arrival of President for a summit with his Russian counterpart in the Finnish capital Helsinki. (Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A protester holds a placard in front of the Senate building at the end of the so-called “Helsinki Calling” march to defend the human rights, freedom of speech and democracy on July 15, 2018, ahead of the arrival of President for a summit with his Russian counterpart in the Finnish capital Helsinki. (Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Protests in Helsinki ahead of Trump-Putin summit

A protester holds a placard in front of the Senate building at the end of the so-called “Helsinki Calling” march to defend the human rights, freedom of speech and democracy on July 15, 2018, ahead of the arrival of President for a summit with his Russian counterpart in the Finnish capital Helsinki. (Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>People attend ‘Helsinki Calling’ protest ahead of meeting between the President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, July 15, 2018. (Photo: Grigory Dukor/Reuters) </p>
Protests in Helsinki ahead of Trump-Putin summit

People attend ‘Helsinki Calling’ protest ahead of meeting between the President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, July 15, 2018. (Photo: Grigory Dukor/Reuters)

<p>A protester holds a placard featuring President Donald Trump behinid bars during the so-called “Helsinki Calling” march towards the Senate Square to defend the human rights, freedom of speech and democracy on July 15, 2018, ahead of the arrival of President for a summit with his Russian counterpart in the Finnish capital Helsinki. (Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Protests in Helsinki ahead of Trump-Putin summit

A protester holds a placard featuring President Donald Trump behinid bars during the so-called “Helsinki Calling” march towards the Senate Square to defend the human rights, freedom of speech and democracy on July 15, 2018, ahead of the arrival of President for a summit with his Russian counterpart in the Finnish capital Helsinki. (Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>People attend ‘Helsinki Calling’ protest ahead of meeting between the President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, July 15, 2018. (Photo: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters) </p>
Protests in Helsinki ahead of Trump-Putin summit

People attend ‘Helsinki Calling’ protest ahead of meeting between the President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, July 15, 2018. (Photo: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters)

<p>A protester holds a placard bearing a portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin during the so-called “Helsinki Calling” march towards the Senate Square to defend the human rights, freedom of speech and democracy on July 15, 2018, ahead of the arrival of President for a summit with his Russian counterpart in the Finnish capital Helsinki. (Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Protests in Helsinki ahead of Trump-Putin summit

A protester holds a placard bearing a portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin during the so-called “Helsinki Calling” march towards the Senate Square to defend the human rights, freedom of speech and democracy on July 15, 2018, ahead of the arrival of President for a summit with his Russian counterpart in the Finnish capital Helsinki. (Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>People gather for the ‘Helsinki Calling’ protest ahead of meeting between the President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, July 15, 2018. (Photo: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters) </p>
Protests in Helsinki ahead of Trump-Putin summit

People gather for the ‘Helsinki Calling’ protest ahead of meeting between the President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, July 15, 2018. (Photo: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters)

<p>Protesters gather on the Senate Square at the end of the so-called “Helsinki Calling” march to defend the human rights, freedom of speech and democracy on July 15, 2018, ahead of the arrival of President for a summit with his Russian counterpart in the Finnish capital Helsinki. (Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Protests in Helsinki ahead of Trump-Putin summit

Protesters gather on the Senate Square at the end of the so-called “Helsinki Calling” march to defend the human rights, freedom of speech and democracy on July 15, 2018, ahead of the arrival of President for a summit with his Russian counterpart in the Finnish capital Helsinki. (Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A protester holds a placard during the so-called “Helsinki Calling” march towards the Senate Square to defend the human rights, freedom of speech and democracy on July 15, 2018, ahead of the arrival of President for a summit with his Russian counterpart in the Finnish capital Helsinki. (Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Protests in Helsinki ahead of Trump-Putin summit

A protester holds a placard during the so-called “Helsinki Calling” march towards the Senate Square to defend the human rights, freedom of speech and democracy on July 15, 2018, ahead of the arrival of President for a summit with his Russian counterpart in the Finnish capital Helsinki. (Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A protester holds a placard during the so-called “Helsinki Calling” march towards the Senate Square to defend the human rights, freedom of speech and democracy on July 15, 2018, ahead of the arrival of President for a summit with his Russian counterpart in the Finnish capital Helsinki. (Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Protests in Helsinki ahead of Trump-Putin summit

A protester holds a placard during the so-called “Helsinki Calling” march towards the Senate Square to defend the human rights, freedom of speech and democracy on July 15, 2018, ahead of the arrival of President for a summit with his Russian counterpart in the Finnish capital Helsinki. (Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A message is displayed on a video wall at the Helsinki Music Center, ahead of meeting between the President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, July 15, 2018. (Photo: Ints Kalnins/Reuters) </p>
Protests in Helsinki ahead of Trump-Putin summit

A message is displayed on a video wall at the Helsinki Music Center, ahead of meeting between the President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, July 15, 2018. (Photo: Ints Kalnins/Reuters)

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