Student Activist Halts Afghan Man’s Deportation by Refusing to Sit Down on Flight

HeadlineJul 25, 2018
H14 swedish woman prevents afghan plane deporation

And in Sweden, a student activist halted an Afghan asylum seeker’s deportation back to Afghanistan by refusing to sit down on a flight, preventing the plane from taking off. This is student Elin Ersson, who live-streamed her direct action on the flight.

Elin Ersson: “I’m not going to sit down until this person is off the plane, because he will most likely get killed if he is on this plane when it goes up.”

After she refused to sit down, the Afghan asylum seeker was finally removed from the plane. He’s now reportedly back in Swedish custody. The video of her protest has since gone viral.

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