On the 22nd of March a group of 10 people, all from Syria, was pushed back from Hungary to Serbia.
The respondent is a 24 year old Syrian man.
The respondent states that around 2 am the group was apprehended in the forest by 2 men, dressed in blue navy uniforms with the Hungarian patch on the arm and, according to him, they had to walk for 30 minutes to arrive where 3 white van with blue stripes – identified as Hungarian police cars – were waiting for them.
According to the respondent, there he saw 3 young men in uniforms and one woman in uniform, identified as well as Hungarian police officers; the respondent further describes one of the man in uniforms as bold. Reportedly, the officers forced the group to undress and to stay kneeling and facing the ground for hours.
The respondent reports that the lights of the cars were on to flash while the people in uniforms were taking pictures of the members of the transit group, wearing just their underwear.
The respondent recalls that the group was forced to get into one of the vans, and that inside there were already at least 15 people. Reportedly, the group tried to explain to them that it was impossible to fit all inside the vehicle, due to the amount of people inside. He further reports that after this request the officers started to beat them and push them harder inside the van.
According to the respondent, eventually, they were 25 people inside the same vehicle.
The respondent recounts that if someone tried to get out of the van, the people in uniforms would punch them even more. He also recalls that in the car there were also two women and 3 kids, and one of them was a baby, aged just 3 or 4 months old. According to the respondent, they were so tightly packed in the van that one of the kids was stuck under the weight of other people.
He further underlines that the woman officer was the one who hit the most and that she was beating them with her baton and kicking the women and the kids, forcing them to stay in the car.
“She had no mercy.”
Reportedly, the group asked many times for water, but they did not get any.
The group stayed in the car until 12pm of the day after, before eventually being released and pushed back in the area of Kelebia.