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Each person was placed in the middle and beaten by seven police officers

Date & Time 2017-04-07
Location Tovarnik, Croatia
Reported by Rigardu
Coordinates 45.15665135, 19.17623839
Pushback from Croatia
Pushback to Serbia
Taken to a police station unknown
Minors involved yes
WLTI* involved no
Men involved no
Age unknown
Group size 9
Countries of origin Afghanistan, Pakistan, Algeria
Treatment at police station or other place of detention
Overall number of policemen and policewomen involved 7
Violence used beating (with batons/hands/other), reckless driving
Police involved 7 policemen (Croatian border police)

On July 4th, 2017, four Algerians, one underage Afghan and four Pakistanis were apprehended at 11.30am, at the Croatian border at Tovarnik. The 9 people were hiding in a train. There were seven police officers, all from the Croatian border police in blue uniforms. One of the police officers had a star on the shoulder and a “V” underneath it.

The 9 people where ordered into a white van and were driven back to the border. The police officer was driving very fast and applied sudden breaks in order to shock the group of 9 people. The 9 people where taken out of the car one by one. Each person was placed in the middle and beaten by seven police officers. Some police officers were using batons, some used tree-branches and some used their fists. When people fell down from the beatings, the police officers would pull them up and continue the beating. The police officers only asked for people’s nationalities.