Be Like Elin Ersson

Elin Ersson, a student from Sweden, prevented the deportation of an Afghan asylum seeker by refusing to take her seat on a plane.

The entire incident was captured on Facebook Live by Ersson despite flight attendants’ attempts to confiscate her phone.

Ersson and other activists bought tickets on the flight which traveled from Gothenburg, Sweden, to Istanbul, Turkey, after they discovered an Afghan deportee would be on board.

Her actions forced flight attendants to remove both Ersson and the Afghan asylum seeker from the plane to allow for takeoff thereby preventing, or at least delaying, his deportation.

Although she begins her direct action completely alone, other passengers eventually rise to her support.

Such courageous displays of direct action will almost certainly become necessary in the very near future as the administration continues its inhumane immigration policies.


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