Germany expels 27 Afghans despite protests

BERLIN – Germany said Thursday that it had expelled 27 Afghan men, despite fierce protests from opponents who say it is not safe to return them to war-torn Afghanistan. “This morning, 27 people were returned to Afghanistan,” the interior ministry announced on Twitter. They include 17 who have been convicted of crimes, two who are deemed “dangerous individuals” and eight who have “stubbornly refused to give their real identities,” it said. The men left Germany late Wednesday from Frankfurt airport, where around 600 people had gathered to demonstrate against the expulsions.

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