A demonstration to protest plans to build a grand mosque in Finland took an unexpected turn on Saturday when a separate group appeared to demonstrate against the protestors.

"Only the anti-mosque demonstration had been planned, but then a group of leftist demonstrators decided to march to the Senate Square from the Government Palace," said Yle reporter Riikka Luukkonen.

Some 150 protestors gathered at the square to protest the grand mosque plan, but no accurate count of the number of people who took part in the counter-demonstration is available.

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