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They started hitting us with an iron stick [...] then they ordered us to get on our knees and started slapping us. They told us never to come back to Croatia.

Date & Time 2023-10-16
Location Maljevac, Croatia
Reported by Anonymous
Coordinates 45.195650488527, 15.794641268549
Pushback from Croatia
Pushback to Bosnia
Taken to a police station no
Minors involved no
WLTI* involved no
Men involved yes
Age 18 - 30
Group size 10
Countries of origin Morocco
Treatment at police station or other place of detention
Overall number of policemen and policewomen involved 10
Violence used beating (with batons/hands/other), kicking, pushing people to the ground, forcing to undress, destruction of personal belongings
Police involved 10 Croatian police officers in total 4 of them were wearing a black balaclava mask on the faces and a dark blue uniform 1 van: totally white, without windows

The respondent is a Moroccan man, 22 years old, that was traveling with other 10 man all from Morocco.

The respondent reported that, the 16th October early morning, after crossing the border the transit group walked about 40 kilometers and than they were apprehended near a bridge by a Croatian police car. The transit group did not put up any resistance and the police did not do violence to them. After that, the respondent stated that they were handed over to four policemen wearing black balaclava masks over their faces. These policemen put them into a white van, completely closed, with no windows, no ventilation and no lighting. The situation inside was disastrous.

When they let them out of the van, it was around 1o am, it was raining and in front of the back door of the van there was a masked policeman beating every person who got out of the van. Outside of the van, there were in total 4 policemen and one dog, that the respondent claimed that scared them more than the policemen. Than, the authorities told the transit group to take their things with them and made them line up neatly, one after the other. They started hitting them with an iron stick, about two or more times per person, then the officers ordered them to get on their knees and started slapping them. They told them: ‘Never come back to Croatia’.

The respondent reported that authorities took off all their clothes except their underwear, they burnt all their clothes, their mobile phones, their money and everything else they had. Then the police threw them into the river, beating and kicking them.