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"If you don't stop Police beats you even more"

Date & Time 2021-07-21
Location Roszke, Hungary
Reported by Collective Aid
Coordinates 46.17652909, 19.98289656
Pushback from Hungary
Pushback to Serbia
Taken to a police station unknown
Minors involved no
WLTI* involved no
Men involved yes
Age 34 - 34
Group size 9
Countries of origin Morocco
Treatment at police station or other place of detention detention, photos taken, no translator present
Overall number of policemen and policewomen involved 6
Violence used beating (with batons/hands/other), kicking, pushing people to the ground, exposure to air condition and extreme temperature during car ride, reckless driving
Police involved 6 police officers and a van

On the night of the 21st of July, 2021, the respondent, as part of a group of 9 people trying to cross the Serbia-Hungary border. Once on the other side, he was quickly spotted by the police and stopped running because he said that « if you don’t police beats you even more ».

He further describes how the remaining members of the groups that were still trying to run away were chased by dogs. The respondent and the other member of the group were then summoned to put their hands on their head kneel on the ground for about an hour.

The respondent reported that a police officer gathered every individual from the group and that they forced all 9 of them into a van that could not fit that many people. The respondent recalls having trouble to breathe because of the overcrowded space he was in; as the heat was also getting unbearable for the group they started banging at the van’s walls hoping to be set free. He said that as a reaction several police officers opened the backdoors of the van and started beating up the group that was held captive with their baton, as a punitive measure.

After some time they all got driven to a small room. The Police searched every member of the group and took a picture of each of them. They were then escorted back to Horgos, on the Serbian side of the border and pushed back.