Finlandia Hall lights up for Sri Lanka victims

The white marble facade of the building in central Helsinki was illuminated in green, gold and dark red.

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Finlandia Hall in Helsinki illuminated in the colours of the Sri Lankan flag, 23rd April 2019 / Credit: Pekka Sauri Twitter

Finlandia Hall has been illuminated in the main colours of the Sri Lanka flag, as a mark of respect for the victims of Sunday’s deadly terror attacks in that country.

Floodlights on the building’s exterior of the building illuminated the white marble façade in green, gold and dark red.

“Terrorist attacks on innocent people all over the world are cowardly and reprehensible” says Helsinki Mayor Jan Vapaavuori (NCP) in a statement.

“We will never succumb to violence and terror” says the mayor.

The building was closed over the Easter holidays, and Tuesday evening was the first chance to show solidarity with those affected by events in Sri Lanka.

The building was most recently lit up in the colours of the New Zealand flag after the Christchurch terror attacks in March.

What happened in Sri Lanka? 

At least 321 people are confirmed dead, and another 500 injured in suicide bombings on Easter Sunday, which the Sri Lankan government says were carried out with the help of “an international network”.

The Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against all unnecessary travel to the island.

The first reports of explosions in the capital Colombo were reported shortly before 09:00 on Sunday morning, with three churches targeted by suicide bombers during Sunday services.

There were also explsions at three hotels in the city; and two churches on other parts of the island, and the majority of victims are Sri Lankan nationals, scores of them Christians attending religious services.

As security forces carried out raids in the aftermath of the attacks, other bombs exploded as suspects fled from police. Three police officers were killed trying to apprehend suspects, and officers also disarmed a number of other bombs including one near the country’s main airport.

Finland’s President Sauli Niinistö, Interim Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre), and Interim Foreign Minister Timo Soini (Blue) all sent condolences in the aftermath of the attacks.