Watch: Swedish student activist prevents deportation of Afghan man

A Swedish student activist has prevented the deportation of an Afghan asylum-seeker by buying a ticket for the flight scheduled to remove him and refusing to sit down, preventing the plane from taking off.

Elin Ersson live-streamed her protest to Facebook from inside the plane that was due to fly from Gothenburg to Istanbul and then on to Kabul.


Speaking in English, she explained that the man was being deported to Afghanistan "where he will most likely get killed."

The video was widely shared on social media and had received some two million views by Wednesday.

The man and Ms Ersson were eventually both removed from the plane after a tense stand-off.

German channel Deutsche Welle said he was taken into custody and would still face deportation, while Ms Ersson may face legal action.

PA & Digital Desk

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