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Swedish student fined for protest that grounded deportation flight

Elin Ersson in court earlier this month. Photo: Adam Ihse/TT

Published: 18.Feb.2019 11:13 hrs

A Swedish activist who livestreamed her onboard protest against the deportation of an Afghan asylum seeker has been found guilty of violating Sweden's aviation laws.

Gothenburg District Court on Monday fined Elin Ersson 3,000 kronor ($325) for her protest on board an aircraft at Landvetter Airport in July last year, according to court documents seen by The Local.

Ersson protested against the Swedish government's policy of not halting deportations to Afghanistan by boarding an Istanbul-bound flight that carried an Afghan man who had been denied asylum, refusing to sit down until he was let off. Flights are not allowed to take off until all passengers are safely in their seats.

She livestreamed her protest on Facebook, where it was viewed over five million times.

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