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Furious Swedish student accuses garda of racism.

A SWEDISH student has claimed he had his passport confiscated by an Irish immigration detective because he didn't believe a black man could be Swedish.

Salieu Njie, who attends the University of Limerick, now plans to hold a 'peaceful' anti-racism demonstration on Saturday, March 19, at 10am.

The demonstration will involve over 300 protesters marching from the Students' Union in UL to Henry Street garda station.

The passport was confiscated on Tuesday morning when the student went in to apply for garda ID for entry to nightclubs as he did not like carrying his passport around with him.

A garda spokesperson for Henry Street said that they cannot comment on the issue at present because of 'certain factors'.

An official complaint has been made against the garda in question by the student under the Garda Complaints Act.

According to Mr Njie, when he went into the garda station on Tuesday, March 8, he asked for the relevant form to fill out.

He claims that the garda in question asked him where he got the passport and how he had become a Swedish citizen, before confiscating the passport - which has yet to be returned.

Mr Njie made the official garda complaint after advice from Dundon Callanan Solicitors which acts as the Swedish Consulate in Limerick.

Originally from Gambia, Mr Njie moved to Sweden in 1987 when he married a Swedish national.
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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Mar 13, 2005
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