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Around 30,000 people rallied in Helsinki on Friday against the Finnish government’s harsh austerity measures, as a strike shut down the country’s public transport, postal and harbour services and grounded some domestic flights.

Huge crowds braved a blustery thunderstorm to join the demonstration in a central square of the Finnish capital at midday, in a festive atmosphere with balloons and pop music blaring from speakers.

“No way!” read placards carried by some demonstrators, who numbered around 30,000 according to both organisers and police.

Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila last week announced plans to revive the eurozone country’s slumping economy after three years of recession, including cutting back holidays, reducing pensioners’ housing allowances and slashing employees’ overtime and Sunday pay. (Courtesy: Ganashakti)