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They literally layered us on top of each other, pushing us badly and beating us

Date & Time 2022-10-15
Location Horgos, Serbia
Reported by No Name Kitchen
Coordinates 46.1756319, 19.9843403
Pushback from Hungary
Pushback to Serbia
Taken to a police station no
Minors involved no
WLTI* involved no
Men involved yes
Age 31 - 31
Group size 40
Countries of origin Morocco
Treatment at police station or other place of detention photos taken, no translator present, denial of food/water
Overall number of policemen and policewomen involved 15
Violence used beating (with batons/hands/other), kicking, pushing people to the ground, destruction of personal belongings, theft of personal belongings
Police involved 4 Hungarian 'soldiers', with Hungarian patch on the arm and green uniform. Later in the pushback location, also some Hungarian border officers.

The respondent is a 31-year-old man from Morocco, who attempted to cross the Serbian-Hungarian border alone, during the night of the 14th of October. Immediately after the crossing, he saw four people that he refers to as  ‘Hungarian soldiers’, with green suits and the Hungarian patch on their arm, who reportedly apprehended him, beat and kicked him and took his money. The respondent has a black eye because of the reported beating and refers to have pain in the chest for the same reason. He explained that they loaded him in a car, where there were 10 other people-on-the-move and the ‘soldiers’ were pushing them inside.

“They literally layered us on top of each other, pushing us badly and beating us”

Then, they were reportedly driven to the border, where the respondent explained that other people were laying on the ground. Here, around 15 ‘border police officers’ and ‘soldiers’ were present. The respondent recalls:

 “They took our phones and money. They were also taking the food of people and throwing it away or giving it to other soldiers who were eating it in front of us. We were laying on the ground and if someone was raising his head to understand what was happening they were coming to hit him more.”

At the border, other people were continuously arriving, until the group was around 50 and they were all reportedly pushed back together near the Horgos official checkpoint. The respondent refers to having been forced to lay on the ground for two hours and then they were released was early morning.