Segregated Buses in Stockholm?
My fellow Swedes are usually quick to brag about how welcoming Sweden is to refugees of all skin colors and how “multicultural” that Swedish society has become.
While the argument might have some substance in general, not all of Swedish society is welcoming to people of color. For example, you might want to avoid this bus driver if you aren’t as pale as snow:
A driver allegedly made “Swedes” and “foreign-looking” people travel on separate buses between Stockholm and the Eckerölinjen ferry terminal in Grisslehamn.
The divisions reportedly happened on several occasions on Wednesday and Thursday at Stockholm’s City terminal (Cityterminalen), reported newspaper Dagens Nyheter (DN) on Saturday.
The bus passengers were travelling to catch the ferry to the Finnish archipelago island of Åland.
“It was a very unpleasant experience…It felt like we were on our way to Arlanda Airport to be deported from Sweden,” one of the passengers, Samer Chatila, told DN.
Chatila, who was born in Sweden, is currently studying mechanical engineering on Åland. He was travelling there with his brother Ahmad and a friend when the three noticed that the bus driver appeared to be dividing passengers based on their looks.
The passengers attempted to speak up:
When they challenged the driver, they were told that if they did not like the system they could get off the bus.
The ferry company responsible for chartering the buses later fired back with statements where they argue that the issue has been vastly exaggerated and isn’t as widespread as some witnesses claim.