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Monday, 17 July 2017
Spain passengers on Vueling jet delay migrant deportation
group of passengers could face hefty fines after delaying a Vueling
flight in Barcelona out of sympathy with a Senegalese migrant on
Senegalese man, in handcuffs, was eventually deported to Dakar on the
flight. The jet took off after police had come on board to stop the
protesters could be fined up to €225,000 (£197,000; $258,000) each
for endangering flight safety.
delayed both that flight and the return flight from Dakar.
media report that the Barcelona-Dakar flight was delayed by
two-and-a-half hours at El Prat airport on Saturday, after all the
passengers had been ordered off the plane.
boarded again, 11 passengers - identified by police as protesters -
were not allowed through.
Spanish journalist, Anna Palou, tweeted
a video clip showing
the protest on the budget airline jet.
showed several passengers blocking the aisle and bore the message in
Catalan: "We have succeeded! Flight of deportation stopped. Now
the authorities are coming to take the person away! Solidarity is our
The BBC has
approached Vueling for comment on the incident.
quoted by Spanish media said the sympathy protest started on the
plane when the Senegalese man, escorted by two border guards,
complained loudly about being deported.
work or residence permit, he had been refused entry to Spain, the Efe
news agency reported.
meant that the return flight from Dakar had to be postponed to
Sunday, forcing Vueling to pay for the overnight accommodation of 176
incident prompted anti-deportation activists to rally at Seville
airport on Sunday. The activists, from the group Caravana Abriendo
Fronteras (Open Borders Caravan), staged
a noisy protest in
the airport terminal.
of migrants and refugees arriving in Spain from Africa this year have
increased compared with the same period (January-July) last year.