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New action against deportations to Iraq

TT/The Local/dl · 6 Apr 2011, 07:20

Published: 06 Apr 2011 07:20 GMT+02:00

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Shortly before 9pm, around 80 demonstrators had gathered outside the facility in Kållered.

According to information from the group Aktion mot deportation ('Action Against Deportation'), around 25 to 30 Iraqis were set to be transported from the facility to Gothenburg's Landvetter airport where they were to board a chartered plane destined for Iraq.

"We're going to try to stand in the way and with active non-violence, attempt to block the deportations and we're going to stay as long as needed," the group's Sara Johansson told the TT news agency.

"This is about minorities who risk both persecution and death."

Police were on hand with more than a dozen mini-vans and shortly before 9pm an officer used a megaphone to urge the demonstrators to move or risk being detained for disobeying a police order.

When none of the demonstrators showed any signs of moving, police physicaly removed the activists and placed them on the ground nearby.

Shortly thereafter, a bus pulled out of the Migration Board facility and the transport of the Iraqi deportees drove past on its way to the airport.

As of late Tuesday night, it was unclear exactly how many activists had been detained.

"We're not going to comment at this time," police spokesperson Ulla Brehm told TT.

"A tally will be made on Wednesday."

According to Brehm, the police action worked well. Unlike previous encounters with anti-deportation activists, no pepper spray or batons were used.

"On the other hand, a lot of muscle power was used when the demonstrators were carried away," said Brehm.

"I don't have any information that anyone was injured."

The incident is one in a string of actions carried out by activists attempting to stop what they call forced deportations.

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Two weeks ago, police used pepper spray and batons when demonstrators tried to stop the deportation of a Roma man to Serbia.

The action resulted in 15 people being suspected of disobeying a police order.

Their trial is scheduled to take place on Wednesday afternoon in Gothenburg District Court and is expected to be preceded by a demonstration in Brunnsparken as well as outside the courthouse.

TT/The Local/dl (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

08:34 April 6, 2011 by Stickeroo
So do these activists know the people being deported personally? I mean Sweden has some pretty damn chill immigration laws, so if these people are being deported it must be for a half decent reason no? I wonder how they would feel if they blocked all these deportees and kept them in this country, only to later find out that some of them we're militants or committed some crazy crimes and such.
09:11 April 6, 2011 by HeilNizar
I think immigration law is being abused too much, 99% of immigrants have nothing to do with politics, mostly economical asylum seekers, ironically enough their country is floating on an oil lake. Its about they hot home and make something out of their resources instead of living like a parasite all over the western world.
09:21 April 6, 2011 by the fonz
These are kids that have no clue what they are doing. These illegals are being deported for a reason. Do these kids know the background of each illegal? their criminal history? Are they radicalised? Are they dangerous?

Grow up - the law is there to protect us all so go to the safety of your homes for your supper and grow up!
09:33 April 6, 2011 by rise
At home they are violent. In Sweden they are keeping up their violence. Send all of this people of terror back cause they aren't going to stop their violently behaviour any time soon but only spreading it further wherever they go.
10:52 April 6, 2011 by naimad
How sad it is to read these comments of so-called appreciative inmigrants on thelocal...
11:24 April 6, 2011 by othrex
Bacon is nice. But it's not the subject here.

You ask: Do those "kids" know why those irakis people are sent back to Irak. Well .. what about you ? Do you know why ? Did you try to investigate why Sweden is sending this immigrants back to Irak ? Did you try to know their stories ?

It's so easy to sit on your comfortable chair, in your comfortable life and to just not care of somebody's life because he is not swedish, christian or european.

Good work guys! Keep on impressing me by your shameless comments!
14:28 April 6, 2011 by Stickeroo

Nope. Like I said before, with immigration laws so relaxed, you KNOW there's got to be something seriously fishy for them to be getting sent back. And why would we investigate? We have government people for that, with way better resources, that we trust to some degree. Maybe these deportees should focus on rebuilding their country (that isn't exactly broke as HeliNizar pointed out) and making it better instead of running away.

PS I'm in my comfortable bed, not a chair. And Bacon? Whats with the Bacon?
14:35 April 6, 2011 by Syftfel
These bongo beating, insalubrious, riff-raff are the same ones that always show up at demonstrations. As long as the cause is anarchy, socialism, anti-establishment or other radical doctrines. They represent the forces of disorder and decay. That's how they will achieve their ultmate goal, totalitarian egalitarianism. Many have a picture of Ché and Palme over their bed. It is, if you will, racism from the left. Their marxist-tinged rants are always the same i.e. "disenfrachisement" and "empowerment". None of them work for a living or contribute to society in a meaningful way. But then again they are by and large unemployable. Most have long stringy hair, an unwashed appearance, and generally stink, and think they are "environmentally friendly". They adore Gore and Moore. They detest the US. Where do the really think national sovereignty begins and ends?? Thanks to the valiant efforts of the US, Iraq is today a budding democracy, and there is absolutely nothing wrong by shipping these deportees back there. They should take pride in going back and start building their own great nation. These Iraqis must be taught that you can't feed off the Swedish public trough in perpetuity. Ship them back!!
15:31 April 6, 2011 by lordsandwich
So 80 demonstrators want the State to break the law and not deport this illegal immigrants! 80 people seek to go against the will of the democratically elected government. 80 people are trying to impose their will on the vast majority of society. They do not care about rights or democracy, they only care about their own sordid political agenda.
11:33 April 8, 2011 by othrex
@Stickeroo: So you're criticizing this "kids" for not knowing the deportations reasons while you don't know this reason yourself. Ok. You trust your "democratic" administration etc .. well Hitler was democratically elected, and the german "trusted" their administration.

What's good with democracy is the critic spirit and diversity of opinions.

@Syftfel : Sounds like Reagan speech about hippies at the end of the sixties. Anyway, Sweden is your country guys and it's already "full" of people, right ?heheheh. You should forbid anybody from coming disturbing you in this white boring desert.

20:01 April 9, 2011 by jimthat
why dont better ask refuge in a

neigboring country sweden is so far so cold and so racist for them we should send them some money to help them to stay in those countries thats more usefull than bringing them into our living room

over that they are not used to work they are only good at getting social benefits or making wars

we swedes are not used to that

should our authorities bring more of them ?
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