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They made us lie down in the snow for 1.5 hours. It's like a punishment.

Date & Time 2022-10-01
Location 46.213966, 19.803966
Reported by Collective Aid
Coordinates 46.213966, 19.803966
Pushback from Hungary
Pushback to Serbia
Taken to a police station no
Minors involved no
WLTI* involved no
Men involved yes
Age 25 - 35
Group size 20
Countries of origin Afghanistan
Treatment at police station or other place of detention
Overall number of policemen and policewomen involved 6
Violence used exposure to snow and extreme weather conditions
Police involved 6 officers in dark blue police uniform, 4 hungarian and 2 german speaking, 2 police cars

The respondent is a 25-year-old man from Afghanistan that was traveling with 19 other people-on-the-move from Afghanistan.

He reported that they started from Horgos, Serbia, to cross the border into Hungary.  After crossing, the respondent said they saw that a van which they feared to be government authorities were coming so they split into two groups. According to the respondent, one group got caught by six officers wearing dark blue uniform, who travelled in two vehicles that strongly resembled police cars. The respondent explained that four of the officers were from Hungary and two officers spoke German to each other.

It was 2 AM, near the 55 highway, and it was snowing. The respondent explained that the group of officers stopped them and made them lie down in the snow for 1.5 hours until a bus came to pick them up. The respondent reported that the officers said, “Shut up and lay down”. They were not allowed to talk to each other or stand up.

Afterwards, the transit group were brought back to Serbia and they came back to Horgos.