News of the demonstration against the bus carrying asylum seekers to the Hennala reception centre soon went international.
The news report's main focus was on a man dressed in a white cloak and mask that resemble the infamous Ku Klux Klan outfit.
The local Häme Police Department reported on Monday that the person has been identified as a 19-year-old man from the nearby area.
According to Ilta-Sanomat newspaper’s sources, the suspect's shopping trip led to his identification. The man had visited a store in Lahti and bought a sheet, some cardboard and scotch tape earlier on Thursday before the demonstration.
According to sources, this visit was crucial in identifying the man.
The Police suspect the man of public agitation and of desecrating the Finnish flag. The police is also investigating whether there’s a reason to suspect others in the demonstration of incitement against an ethnic group.
The man was questioned on Tuesday. According to the police, the suspect does not have any previous criminal record nor is he a known member of an activist group.
According to the suspect, the whole thing was done on a whim and he attended the demonstration after his friend had encouraged him to. He denies throwing rocks or fireworks.
The demonstration in Hennala turned violent and dangerous when the attendants started throwing rocks and shooting fireworks towards the asylum seekers’ bus.
One person has reported a rock and fireworks hitting them in the leg. Two bystanders have said they had also been in danger.