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They used spray in my eyes. I couldn't see but he didn't stop, he continued kicking me

Date & Time 2022-08-28
Location Near the Pap-halmi-főcsatorna river
Reported by No Name Kitchen
Coordinates 46.17698204, 19.99810763
Pushback from Hungary
Pushback to Serbia
Taken to a police station no
Minors involved no
WLTI* involved no
Men involved yes
Age 20 - 30
Group size 7
Countries of origin Syria, Morocco, Tunisia
Treatment at police station or other place of detention
Overall number of policemen and policewomen involved 6
Violence used beating (with batons/hands/other), pushing people to the ground, insulting, pepper spray, forcing to undress, destruction of personal belongings
Police involved 2 Hungarian officers with border uniforms, 4 Hungarian officers with military clothes, 2 cars

Pictures of the bruises on the respondent’s head, back and limbs

On Sunday August 28th, a group of 7 people from Syria, Morocco and Tunisia got pushed back from Hungary to Serbia. The respondent recalled jumping over the fence with other 2 people. According to the respondent, the group was not far from the fence, already in Hungarian territory, when they saw a police car approaching. The group was near the river Pap-halmi-főcsatorna when the police arrived.

The other 2 people managed to run away, but the respondent was apprehended. He described 2 Hungarian officers wearing uniforms, coming out from the car and forcing him to get on his knees on the ground. Then he reportedly got kicked by the 2 officers. The respondent recollected being repeatedly kicked on the left side by one of the officers and the right side by the other. He was on the ground trying to protect himself by covering his head with his arms but one of the officers managed to kick him on the back of his head, near the ear.

The respondent described being kicked also on the legs and torso before one of the officers used pepper spray on his eyes. While he was sightless because of the effects of the pepper spray, he recalled being constantly beaten by the other officer.

“They used spray in my eyes. I couldn’t see but he didn’t stop, he continued kicking me”

The officers stopped only when 4 other arrived; they were wearing what the respondent described as military clothes. One of them asked for his country of origin and then reportedly started insulting him. Eventually, the respondent was brought back to the border and pushed back to Serbia with a group of other 6 people that had been gathered by the officers around the border area, in the early morning.