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They were told that they were going to Zagreb to ask for asylum, but the police brought them back to the Serbian border

Date & Time 2017-08-27
Location Dobova, Slovenia
Reported by No Name Kitchen
Coordinates 45.8970349, 15.6601143
Pushback from Croatia, Slovenia
Pushback to Serbia
Taken to a police station yes
Minors involved no
WLTI* involved no
Men involved no
Age 22 - 25
Group size 3
Countries of origin Algeria
Treatment at police station or other place of detention
Overall number of policemen and policewomen involved unknown
Violence used beating (with batons/hands/other), destruction of personal belongings
Police involved Equipped with truncheons

On August 27th, 2017, three people from Algeria (25, 23 and 22 years-old) were caught in Dobova, by the Croatian police. They called the UNHCR to ask for help and sent their geo-location. The interviewees told reporters that they believed when UNHCR called the police officers, the police denied that they had caught them. The interviewees describes the police as ‘a little bit violent’, one of them was hit in the face. After 5 hours in a closed room at the police station, they were told that they were going to Zagreb to ask for asylum. But the police brought them back to the Serbian border, along with around 30 people (Afghans, Pakistanis and Algerians) who were all brought back at the same time. The police beat them when they came out of the van. The police officers had truncheons. Their phones were broken, and their money torn up. For one of the interviewees it was the 2nd. time he was pushed-back, another the 10th time.