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They say no problem, you can try again. But police is not good

Date & Time 2021-01-10
Location Unnamed Road, 47253, Svojić, Croatia
Reported by No Name Kitchen
Coordinates 45.29769558, 15.39221916
Pushback from Croatia
Pushback to Bosnia
Taken to a police station no
Minors involved yes
WLTI* involved no
Men involved yes
Age 17 - 23
Group size 8
Countries of origin Afghanistan
Treatment at police station or other place of detention
Overall number of policemen and policewomen involved 7
Violence used beating (with batons/hands/other), exposure to air condition and extreme temperature during car ride, reckless driving
Police involved 5 officers in military uniforms, 2 Croatian policemen, 1 police van

The respondent is a 19-year-old man from Afghanistan. On the 1st of October, he was walking together with seven other people inside Croatia, near a village named Generalski Stolki. Within the group, everyone was from Afghanistan, and all of them were under 24 years old. One group member was a minor, 17 years old.

It was around 1 pm while the group was walking in the forest when officers described as “commandos” apprehended the transit group. Five officers stopped the young men and subsequently walked them to the closest road, where they stayed for some time. The description of the “military” uniform worn by these officers is consistent with the Croatian Special police: Green, olive-drab uniforms. The respondent says these officers did not use any physical violence. He also reports they told them: “no problem, you can try again. But police is not good. Croatia. Blue police”.

stock picture that shows the green uniform normally worn by members of the Croatian Special police. (Source:

The officers then called another police unit on the phone. After 10 or 15 minutes, two policemen arrived. They forced the group to enter the police van, and they started driving in the direction of BiH. The respondent insisted that they were driving recklessly and that the temperature in the back of the car was boiling hot. After one hour and a half, they tried to ask for help because they felt excruciated, but the policemen did not react. They drove for about two hours until they reached the border with BiH, not far from Bihac. The respondent could not remember the exact location of the place where they were sent back over the border, as it was in a forested area.

The respondent shares that during the pushback at the border the Croatian police used “just a little bit, little bit beating”. The men were forced to line up before crossing the border and, while passing next to the policemen, they each got beaten with the baton.