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The Foreigner Reprisals and recriminations following Norway bus hijacking tragedy. Asylum seekers are being verbally abused in the streets and denied journeying on the same route for a week following Monday’s knifing of three people, reports say. “What on earth? It’s absolutely absurd. I must be allowed to investigate this,” Bente Dalåker, Årdal asylum seeker reception centre regional manager told Dagbladet. The South Sudanese male perpetrator struck following a final refusal on his application asylum. He was due to be sent out of Norway within some 24 hours. The man is now in custody for a preliminary period of 4 weeks.

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Reprisals and recriminations following Norway bus hijacking tragedy

Published on Friday, 8th November, 2013 at 14:06 under the news category, by Tove Andersson.
Last Updated on 8th November 2013 at 14:51.

Asylum seekers are being verbally abused in the streets and denied journeying on the same route for a week following Monday’s knifing of three people, reports say.



“What on earth? It’s absolutely absurd. I must be allowed to investigate this,” Bente Dalåker, Årdal asylum seeker reception centre regional manager told Dagbladet.

The South Sudanese male perpetrator struck following a final refusal on his application asylum. He was due to be sent out of Norway within some 24 hours. The man is now in custody for a preliminary period of 4 weeks.

A total of 150 asylum seekers live in the village of Årdal in Sogn og Fjordane County. They came there when the state facility but private-run ‘Hero’ centre opened in August.

Per Steinar Sviggum from bus company Nettbus Sogn Billag declared they have not taken their action for passengers to avoid asylum seekers taking the route.

“It’s not a question about asylum seekers not being wanted on the bus. But we agreed with Hero to slow it down a little for the sake of drivers, so they would get some distance,” Dagbladet reported Mr Sviggum as saying.

“No asylum seekers were thrown off the [subsequent] buses and nobody met at the station without getting on board,” he told NTB.

Christopher Kvame in Jotunheimen and Valdres Bilselskap (JVB), that runs the Nor-Way-liveried Valdresekpressen, has told the media that this is an agreement between Hero and Nettbuss Sogn Billag to create some peace, tranquility, and safety for drivers and passengers.

It is not a matter of race but security, according to him.

Hero’s Bente Dalåker is reported to be shocked by what she reads and denies agreeing on banning asylum seekers for a week on Valdresekspressen.

Seven wanted to take Valdressekspressen the day following the tragedy, but were denied boarding.

At the same time, western Norway publication Bergensavisen quotes Ms Dålaker as saying Tuesday’s boarding denial was “in the interests of asylum seekers themselves which resulted in them not taking the bus to Oslo on Tuesday.”

Many Norwegians are also writing to JVB to protest after the company’s contact form was published on Facebook despite bus companies finding the solution sensible.

Other Norwegians are hostile. One foreigner, who does not want to give his name to the newspapers, tells that he has heard of cars driving close to pedestrians and shouting "get the fuck out of our country." 

Marcin Brzycky, who works as an activity director at the Årdal asylum seeker reception centre, is among those who feel that the tragedy has changed the atmosphere amongst this group of people.

“There are usually 20-25 people who come to the football training we hold here, but many chose not to come today or left,” he said, Thursday.




Published on Friday, 8th November, 2013 at 14:06 under the news category, by Tove Andersson.
Last updated on 8th November 2013 at 14:51.

This post has the following tags: norwaybushijacking, bushijackingvictims.





  
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