The police does not exclude the possibility of action against the church asylum seekers in Kirkenes

Kirkenes churchKirkenes, 20160121. The three asylum seekers who entered the Kirkenes church Thursday becomes the parish council considered kirkeasylanter and allowed to stay in the church until further notic Foto: Jan-Morten Bjørnbakk / NTB scanpix

Police Chief Ellen Katrine Hætta in Finnmark Police district will not deny that it may be necessary to enter Kirkenes church if several asylum seekers are seeking refuge there.

– It may well be that the police will come to the church to get them eventually, says Ellen Kathrine Hætta to the newspaper Klassekampen, but she adds that it is not a problem at the present time because it is a matter of a few persons.

More asylum seekers fled the reception center in Finnmark when it became known that the National Police Immigration Service (PU) planned a shuttle service to Murmansk or Nikel. Three of them – two men and a pregnant woman – came to Kirkenes church.

– They are of course affected by the situation. What we have done is that we’ve given them a bed, mattresses, bedding, and food, for now, says Wenche Jessen Dervola, churchwarden in Sør-Varanger ward, to NRK on Friday night.

– If there are many more who go to church asylum, it may be necessary for the police to intervene, says Commissioner Hætta to Klassekampen.


Source: NTB scanpix/ Norway Today