The two Tunisian men, 30 and 40 years old, went on game around midnight on April 17, 2019. The 30-year old had been living for eight years in 14 different European without papers until he got deported from Austria to Tunisia. The other was born in Germany, but also got deported to Tunisia. Both had legally entered Serbia by plane with a tourist visa and stayed in the country for one month.
“The animal in Europe, he can eat, he can sleep, he is good. But we?”
They had left from the train station of Sid and started walking through a forest. After around five hours, they had walked 20 km.
“It was 20 km, because we turn around Tovarnik.“
They left the forest to enter the train station of Ilač (HRV), and after smoking a cigarette, four Croatian officers arrived. Two of them were younger, between 20 and 30 years old, and two older, around 50 years old. One of the older ones had a mustache. One respondent explained that he is going on game almost every day and that it wasn’t the first time he met those officers.
“I know them.”
The officers asked for their passports and what they were doing in Croatia. The 30-years old respondent explained that he was going to Italy to see his family there, while the other one said that he was going to Germany, because he born there. He also showed them his German birth certificate, but as it didn’t have a photo on it, they didn’t believe it was real. Further, he explained that he was planning to go to the consulate to make a passport, but the police understood ‘report’ instead and started to act violent towards him. They pushed him on the ground, beat him with batons and punched him.
One of the respondents said of this experience:
“Good massage in Croatia today.”
Before leaving the two people on the move at the border, the officers assured to beat them up even more if they would ever see them again in Croatia.
“This morning, it was miserable.”
During the interview, the 40-year old respondent said that he thinks his ribs are broken and the other concluded:
“Life is hard, I can’t sleep until I pass this door.”