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All of this for nothing, nothing

Date & Time 2022-12-06
Location Tompa
Reported by No Name Kitchen
Coordinates 46.1693418, 19.5574239
Pushback from Hungary
Pushback to Serbia
Taken to a police station yes
Minors involved yes
WLTI* involved no
Men involved yes
Age 16 - 25
Group size 4
Countries of origin Syria
Treatment at police station or other place of detention detention, photos taken, denial of food/water
Overall number of policemen and policewomen involved 6
Violence used insulting, forcing to undress, theft of personal belongings
Police involved 2 Slovakian border police officers with one Slovakian border police car, 4 Hungarian border police officers with one Hungarian police car

On the night of the 6th of December, a group of 4 Syrian people, among which 2 16 years old minors, and other two people respectively 21 and 25 years old, were pushed back from Hungary to Serbia, at the border near the Hungarian city of Tompa. The following report contains the information collected thanks to the testimony of the 21 years old guy, referred to as the respondent.

The group of 4 started walking during the night of the 4th of December around 11 pm, from an abandoned building in which they used to reside near the city of Majdan, close to the Serbian-Romanian border. After having walked for 30 minutes, they could cross the Serbian-Hungarian border and then they crossed the Romanian- Hungarian border. They walked in Hungarian territory until they reached the town of Szeged. Here they hid in the forest and tried to rest and sleep all the day until 7 pm, their passage arrived.

After the group arrived in Budapest, they took a train to arrive in the city of Szob, near the Slovakian border. They arrived 300 hundred meters close to the Hungarian-Slovakian border, in order to cross it, but some people apprehended them. The respondent refers to these four people as Slovakian and Hungarian border police officers, recognising them from the different patches on their arms, with different flags. They had two cars, one with a Slovakian plate and another one with a Hungarian one. The Hungarian police officers were women, while the Slovakians were men. They handcuffed them tightly, and after one week the respondent has still some signs on his wrist. The police officers were pushing them and screaming at them, they stole everything from them, the backpacks and what was inside, their money and phones.

“They were screaming and insulting us, saying “why do you want to come to Europe? Go back to Syria, go back!”

The police officers forced them to go in the car and they took them to a police station where other two Hungarian man police officers took them under custody. Here they put the group in a room, in which only a toilet was there. The respondent refers that they arrived there around 7 pm on the 5th of December and the group stayed in the room until midnight. The respondent states that the room was really cold, there were no blankets inside. They asked for food but the officers denied it. Reportedly, at some point the two police officers came into the room, took pictures of the group and then forced them to undress. They didn’t ask the people if they wanted to ask for asylum. Around midnight, the police officers took them in a big white Mercedes car and drove them to Tompa, near the border with Serbia, and they pushed them back.

After this, the group walked in the night until the Subotica camp.

“The camp was so full and dirty, we couldn’t stay there”.

In the early morning, three people took a bus to go to the Sombor reception centre, and the respondent took another bus to get to the city of Kanjizaa, and then walked back to the abandoned building from which he started walking 2 days before.