Tuesday’s papers: hooligans in Helsinki, social security reform and drug use chambers | News

On Monday evening, 35 people were arrested after an argument among football fans during the Helsinki Derby.

The police seized about 100 pyrotechnic items on Monday evening. Image: Jorge Gonzalez / Yle

Helsinki police arrested 11 people during Monday night’s Helsinki Derby, a match between wealthy rivals HIFK and HJK. After the game, 24 more people were arrested.

During the first half of the game, a group of HJK ​​supporters invaded the field, forcing the game to be stopped. According to police, those trying to get onto the pitch were outraged by HIFK supporters setting fire to an HJK banner.

Police said they had to intervene before the match even started. Ticket queues were delayed as about 20 people disrupted the queue.

Forbidden torches were found in the possession of those arrested in the arena. In total, about 100 pyrotechnic articles were seized. In addition, the police arrested a person with an object that could cause damage. Police have not specified the object.

After the match, a group of about 30 to 40 people were seen walking around the stadium in Töölö. According to Helsinki police, they were trying to find the opposing team’s supporters and provoke a dispute.

Single Kela payment?

Speak with Pasi Moisioa research professor from the Finnish health agency THL, Helsingin Sanomat, explained that changes in parliament had made progress.

“It has been brewing for a long time that a common vision can be found for a single model for basic security benefits. A narrow passage has been found and maybe now we can move forward,” Moisio told HS.

The daily further clarified that the reforms would seek to consolidate Kela’s payments into a single Social Security benefit.

“The most discussed issue was the merger of Kela’s minimum per diem allowances,” Moisio explained to HS.

Although the parties cannot agree on changing the size of benefits, the main focus of the reform has been consolidating Social Security benefits into a single benefit.

More in favor of drug use rooms

According to the poll, 40 percent were in favor of establishing drug use facilities under the supervision of the people living in Finland, while 30 percent were against such a move.

The poll also showed differences between age and geography. Those under the age of 30 were more likely to support the initiative, and 60 percent responded so. Those over age 70 were the most critical, with nearly half facing drug use rooms.

In addition, respondents in Uusimaa were in favor of the proposal, as the drug use chambers supported half of it, and only 20 percent opposed it.

The Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services Aki Linden (SDP) has expressed support for a trial of supervised drug use facilities in an effort to prevent overdoses. The ruling Greens, the Left Alliance and the Swedish People’s Party (SPP) have also officially expressed their intent to support such a plan.

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