Former leader of the Swedish party Feminist initiative (Fi), Victoria Kawesa, has reported police officers of Norway's immigration police in Bergen, after she was subjected to a foreigner check when she visited the country. Kawesa says she has been exposed to illegal "racial profiling."
When the police approached her, she ran away, reports Dagbladet.
It was when Victoria Kawesa participated at a seminar at the Center for Women's and Gender Research at the University of Bergen last week that a Norwegian police patrol stopped her and wanted to see her identification papers.
- A young woman from the police jumped out (of the car) and asked to see my ID card, says Kawesa to the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet.
But she had no ID, the passport was left behind in her hotel room.
When the woman in Kawesa's company asked if they wanted to see her identity papers too, the police answered "It's not necessary because you look Norwegian."
Then, when the police turned to Victoria Kawesa, she decided to flee and ran away from the scene.
"I was afraid I would be arrested and thrown into the car, so I ran into the building and locked the door. Then I told the other foreign guests what had happened," she told Dagbladet.
Victoria Kawesa, who is from Africa but has lived in Sweden since she was nine years old, is now outraged over the behavior by the police and calls it "racial profiling".
The police in Bergen, however, deny that it is about racial profiling and say that people sometimes feel offended by foreigner controls. But Kawesa does not accept that and has reported the police, calling for the Norwegian police to review their control routines.
According to Kawesa, she was "harassed" in the public space just because of her skin color.
Kawesa is currently charged with copyright infringement in Sweden, accused of plagiarizing another researcher's work.
This spring, Victoria Kawesa was elected party leader for the Feminist initiative (Fi) together with Gudrun Schyman. It made her Sweden's first black party leader ever.
Then she questioned why foreign criminals are deported from Sweden, when "white Swedes" are not.
Kawesa stepped down as the party leader as late as mid-September this year, just before the charges became known.
According to Fria Tider, Victoria Kawesa is Facebook friend with a number of controversial Muslim men who openly express opinions that are considered to be Islamist or misogynistic.
Now she wants to complicate the job for the Norwegian immigration police, even though she actually is a foreigner in the country. But it's not going to fly, because Norway has Listhaug:
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