Bus seats mistaken for burqas by members of anti-immigrant group

Source: The Guardian

Comments posted on Norwegian ‘Fatherland first’ Facebook group call empty seats on bus ‘terrifying’

The bus seats in a picture posted on Fedrelandet Viktigst, or Fatherland first.
 The bus seats in a picture posted on Fedrelandet Viktigst, or Fatherland first. Photograph: Facebook

A Norwegian anti-immigrant group has been roundly ridiculed after members apparently mistook a photograph of six empty bus seats posted on its Facebook page for a group of women wearing burqas.

“Tragic”, “terrifying” and “disgusting” were among the comments posted by members of the closed Fedrelandet viktigst, or “Fatherland first”, group beneath the photograph, according to screenshots on the Norwegian news website Nettavisen.

Other members of the 13,000-strong group, for people “who love Norway and appreciate what our ancestors fought for”, wondered whether the non-existent passengers might be carrying bombs or weapons beneath their clothes. “This looks really scary,” wrote one. “Should be banned. You can’t tell who’s underneath. Could be terrorists.”

Further comments read: “Ghastly. This should never happen,” “Islam is and always will be a curse,” “Get them out of our country – frightening times we are living in,” and: “I thought it would be like this in the year 2050, but it is happening NOW,” according to thelocal.no and other media.

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