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Bus driver suspended after segregation row

Updated måndag 25 mars 2013 kl 19.42
Published måndag 25 mars 2013 kl 18.05

The bus driver accused of forcing passengers to ride separate buses on the basis of appearance has been suspended, reports Swedish Television. Meanwhile, another bus operator has been accused of doing the same thing.

"We were angry and disappointed," passenger Hassan Alizadeh tells Radio Sweden.

He says he travelled with operator Björck between from Örebro to Stockholm in late last year after the driver said passengers with "Swedish sounding" names were told to board one bus, and those with "foreign sounding" names another.

Björck has denied those accusations, but tells Swedish Television its passengers were split between buses on 22 December last year for "reasons of capacity".

Viking Line, an international ferry company that has sub-contracted the bus operator first accused of separating passengers, has summoned its client bus companies for a crisis meeting.

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