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Police release most Iraqi deportee protesters

AFP/The Local · 19 Jan 2011, 15:13

Published: 19 Jan 2011 08:59 GMT+01:00
Updated: 19 Jan 2011 15:13 GMT+01:00

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Police were still holding one unidentified person, but had released the other 24 shortly after removing them from the protest site, Stockholm police spokesman Ulf Göranzon told AFP.

The 25 were reportedly part of a group of between 50 and 100 protesters demonstrating outside the detention centre near Stockholm in a bid to block the deportation of up to 20 Iraqis denied asylum in Sweden.

The Swedish section of Amnesty International, which has asked Immigration Minister Tobias Billström to halt the return of Iraqis, said some 14 people would be sent back Wednesday, while tabloid Aftonbladet said 20 Iraqis would be on the plane. Swedish border police refused to say if the deportation had taken place.

Wednesday's arrests came a day after some 70 people were detained after demonstrating outside offices of the Swedish National Migration Board (Migrationsverket) near the southwestern city of Gothenburg and amid rising criticism of the deportations.

In addition to Amnesty, the Christian Council of Sweden has called for a suspension of deportations to Iraq, especially of members of ethnic or religious minority groups in that country.

The United Nation's refugee agency, UNHCR, on Tuesday expressed strong concern at reports that Sweden planned to send 25 Iraqis back to Baghdad despite repeated warnings that conditions are unsafe there.

The agency has over the past year repeatedly cautioned the UK and several Nordic nations not to send Iraqis back to central parts of Iraq because of persistent violence.

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Swedish immigration authorities ruled in 2007 that "there is no armed conflict in Iraq" and that it was therefore acceptable to return Iraqi citizens to their country. The ruling meant that Iraqis were no longer automatically granted asylum.

Tens of thousands of Iraqis have fled the war in their country to resettle in Sweden, with official statistics showing 117,900 people born in Iraq lived in the Scandinavian country in 2009, up from 49,400 in 2000.

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09:29 January 19, 2011 by salalah
We ned free?

We love Swedn?

We need English lessons.. Si?

Sorry, couldn't help it... why not write in Arabic?

There are plenty of translators here...
09:41 January 19, 2011 by UScitizen
If the protesters don't like this action, deport them also. Above all else, I believe that a country.... ANY country, should have the right to say who lives within it's borders.
10:15 January 19, 2011 by know
Maybe it's time to change Sweden name you can call it new Iraq.
11:01 January 19, 2011 by Arturio
They love Swedestan.
13:18 January 19, 2011 by Anarka
They both look retarded. Special people of Iraq?
13:19 January 19, 2011 by UScitizen
@ know:

You'd have to rename Rosengård "Little Bagdad"
16:54 January 19, 2011 by cowboykodp

That sounds like a good idea. A bit like "little Italy" in NY. Or "China Town" , "little Tokyo"

"Korea Town" In LA.

What happened to you when you moved to Sweden? (if you live here)

In the US we all get along. Remember where you come from and make us proud.

Let these non Americans keep their bigotry and hate to themselves.
18:47 January 19, 2011 by Truthgate
Know, No Sweden should be named the new Africa
21:35 January 19, 2011 by UScitizen
@ cowboykodp

You're right. First, I do live here, outside Stockholm. I just can't understand the hatred of and anger towards America from some of these pathatic souls who were born Swedish. Is it jealousy? Envy? What?

I was just pushing their buttons, playing with them, but why lower myself to their standards? After all, I am an American citizen and I'm better than that. So I'll remember my roots and my true home, the great state of Tennessee.

00:51 January 20, 2011 by itzsmz
why dun the iraqis flee to America? Since the war was initiated by them? and since they would be very much welcomed there? :)
00:57 January 20, 2011 by Acroyear
If the protesters don't like this action, deport them also...

...ANY country, should have the right to say who lives within it's borders.


What do you mean by a "country"? I mean, really? What is it? Did you choose it? Think about it, my friend!

Anyway, count me out of all this country business - I'm a free individual and I'll think and say whatever the heck I like and I fully endorse these protests.

This is what my grandad fought for in WW2 - individual freedom NOT the establishment ramming its attitudes down the throats of gullible citizens or sheeple prattling on about their "country".

Useful idiots, all you right wing, anti-immigrant commentators serve your elite, untouchable masters well. Mere pawns, your function as a minor inflammatory agent in the arsehole of society suits the short term goals of your masters. Pity you'll never even see the scraps from their table - their longer term strategy does not involve you.

Amongst the people protesting are Swedes acting in solidarity with their Iraqi Christian brothers and sisters who are going to be sent back to Iraq to certain rape, torture and death at the hands of Islamic extremists.

I for one support the Swedish protestors.

I live and work amongst Middle Eastern and African immigrants. I honestly don't see the problem. But then again, I've a fairly strong sense of idently myself, so feel no need to hate, bully or look down on others because of where they happened to be born.
02:34 January 20, 2011 by ajs42548
Acroyear.. Why don't you try walking in the streets of Malmo wearing a Star of David for a few minutes an what happens. I'll bet you'll change your tune instantly.
04:00 January 20, 2011 by Swedesmith
@US I don't understand the hatred for the American people. Most Americans are hard-working, honest, open, fun and decent people. I do, however, understand the mistrust that many have of the American government. I'm from America and I don't even trust the b@stards. I don't think many of our leaders have my or anyone elses' interests at heart. They are looking out for themselves and their own political agenda. I certainly understand how someone from Iraq or Afghanistan would distrust the American government.

@cowboy It would be nice if all the different factions got along in America, but it ain't always so. It's a work in progress.
06:04 January 20, 2011 by UScitizen
@Swedesmith Finally! Someone who gets it! You hit the nail on the head. I don't like everything "my" government does either. I had a best friend who died in Viet Nam at 18 1/2 years old. I protested the war, I was arrested as a protester at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in 1968, I'm the LAST person to say "My government, right or wrong!"

So others shouldn't blame America as a country or blame the American people for everything the leaders do. We vote them in and hope for the best, then we have no control over them until the next election. And the media makes us paranoid. We watch "COPS" and think every black man is a criminal who'll run from the law. We read the news and think every Mexican is a member of a drug gang. We fear every Muslim person as a suicide bomber.

. Well, it just ani't so, but you see, that's exactally what terrorism is.... fear. They don't have the power to win a war. If they can scare us enough to make us stay locked in our homes, they've won. Instead of blaming the Muslim people in Sweden for everything, the people here should blame their government for not cleaning up Malmö and other areas. But the police are afraid now. I don't have an answer. Who does?
09:43 January 20, 2011 by kcussmilsum
Take a look at the photo above, It's been replaced by a new one, as the original had a couple of immigrants holding a sign up to a window with handwriting on it stating "We Love SwedN".

With current events in mind, it seems more logical that the immigrants holding the sign, used the word "Love", in place of "Bomb", this being that they practice a religion of "Peace".

BTW - The war in Iraq is OVER, Varsågod to send them back .

As far as the US doing more than Sweden, Nonsense.

When the US takes it's share of these types of immigrants, then Americans can declare they have contributed to "Doing more than other countries do" I think America has done quite enough to the world by it's actions alone.
10:13 January 20, 2011 by Acroyear

"Acroyear.. Why don't you try walking in the streets of Malmo wearing a Star of David for a few minutes an what happens. I'll bet you'll change your tune instantly."

How can I change my tune? I live & work amongst immigrants & to IMHO they've more going for them than most native Swedes around here.

Still, I'd sooner go to Malmo dressed as an orthodox Jew than go anywhere in the Middle East with a t-shirt saying, "I'm a US citizen" or go into a pub in Tottenham wearing a Man Utd scarf or whatever... I mean, what's your point really? We need more police, better integration strategies? I agree!

The world's changing. Unlike the US, Sweden's sitting on a population time-bomb. If we don't accept immigrants, we'll end up having to kill ourselves as soon as we hit 65 or get sick and can't work. Something's got to give. Here in Sweden, we have to make immigration work somehow.

BTW, Christians should not be sent back to Iraq to certain rape, torture and violent death. I just don't see how anyone (apart from bloodthirsty Islamic extremists) can defend that.
13:40 January 20, 2011 by UScitizen
@Acroyear You got the wrong guy. That quote wasn't mine. The poor old American gets fasly blamed again...........................
19:18 January 21, 2011 by Acroyear
Sorry UScitizen! ajs42548 - I meant you!!!

UScitizen, you make many good points actually with regard to identifying a country's people with its government - which is a mistake.

Actually, I know and have met a lot of US citizens and I'm pushed to think of one that fits into the common stereotypes that are bandied about. I've never met a single American who endorsed Bush's policies (apart from on the interwebs!).

So thanks for the correction and for your input.
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