Swedish Student Fined for Anti-Deportation Protest on Turkish Airways

By Anna Breuer on 18 February 2019
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DSC_0469A Swedish student who refused to follow crew instructions to take her seat and instead livestreamed her protest against the deportation of an Afghan asylum seeker last year was found guilty of violating Sweden’s aviation laws.

Elin Ersson avoided a prison sentence but was fined 3,000 Swedish krona ($325) by the Gothenburg district court.

Last July, she boarded a Turkish Airlines flight from Göteburg-Landvetter Airport with the intent of protesting of Ismail Khawari, an asylum seeker who was not on the plane. Seeing another asylum seeker, she decided to proceed with her protest.

The news as well as the incident has been met with mixed reaction in Sweden, where attitudes against immigration have hardened.

“My starting point is that he [the deportee] is human and deserves to live,” she told Swedish reporters. “In Sweden we do not have the death penalty, but deportation to a country at war can mean death. If someone has committed a crime, they may be jailed and serve their sentence in Sweden.”

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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