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Refugees Were Dragged From A Church After Seeking Sanctuary From Deportation

Two pastors had offered the men immunity according to the ancient practice of church sanctuary.

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Police in Reykjavík, Iceland, were caught on video Tuesday dragging Iraqi refugees out of a church.

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Pastors Toshiki Toma and Kristín Þórunn Tómasdóttir were carrying out a ceremony for the men when police and immigration officials arrived. They had hoped officers would respect the "ancient practice" of church sanctuary.

Speaking to BuzzFeed News, No Borders Iceland said that it condemns the behavior of the authorities in this incident.

"No Borders Iceland opposes all deportations and fights for a world without borders. We especially condemn this deportation for its violence and disrespect of religion, old traditions, and human dignity in general. We stand in solidarity with the Icelandic National Church on this issue and support their efforts to shelter refugees."

Rachael Krishna is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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