The following article tells the story of a little Norwegian boy who was forced to get off a bus in the middle of nowhere because some “men of foreign origin” among his fellow passengers didn’t like the fact that he had brought along his dog.
Our Norwegian correspondent The Observer, who translated the piece, has this to say about it:
This article concerns an incident of Islamic dog-aversion and the effect it is having in Norway at the moment. Who said that Islam isn’t putting pressure on Norwegian values?
The distance between Egersund and Stavanger is approximately 90 kilometres [about 56 miles]. Sirevag/Hellevik, where the boy was dropped off, is a thinly populated area and approximately 20 kilometres [12 miles] away from Egersund, and more than 70 kilometres [44 miles] away from Stavanger (western part of the country).
The translated article from Aftenbladet:
Boy with dog felt pressured to get off the bus
The men of foreign origin didn’t appreciate that the boy had brought with him a dog on the “replacement bus for the train.” Eventually, the atmosphere got so heated that the boy felt pressured to get off along a deserted stretch of the road.
On Saturday evening at 22.23 the young boy was on his way home to Stavanger. He was dropped off at the train station in Egersund. The train was cancelled and a replacement bus service was organized. Normally dogs are not allowed on a bus, but an exception is made for replacement bus services whenever a train service is cancelled. — In those instances it’s allowed, according to Dag Brekken from NSB [Norwegian state railway].
The driver confirmed that it was OK for the boy to bring along the small dog.
Tone Susann Aakre, the woman who dropped off the boy at the train station, says that they received a text message from the boy while they were driving home in their car. In the text messages the boy told her that three men of foreign origin on the bus clearly resented the fact that he had brought a dog along.
“The boy says that one of the men went to front of the bus and spoke to the driver. Another one went up to the boy and asked him to get off the bus. If not he would be beaten up,” says Aakre.
According to the boy, he was told to get off the bus by the driver. He was dropped off somewhere between Hellvik and Sirevåg. NSB has a slightly different version.
“We have spoken to the driver who told us that the boy pressed the stop button and got off voluntarily,” says Dag Brekken.
Tone Susann Aakre reacts strongly to what happened. She says that the boy sent her a text message asking if he could be picked up, which he was. She says that it was a very scared kid who got in the car.
“He was cold and quiet and it was apparent that the incident had a profound effect upon him,” says Aakre.
Dag Brekken from NSB says that if something occurred in the back of the bus the driver must have missed it. Consequently he doesn’t know what went on between the passengers, but he accepts the driver’s version of events and he will therefore not offer an apology on behalf of the NSB.
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