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They made us sit on our knees for 3 hours straight outside in the cold

Date & Time 2022-10-09
Location Horgos, Serbia
Reported by Collective Aid
Coordinates 46.17547232, 19.98522645
Pushback from Hungary
Pushback to Serbia
Taken to a police station unknown
Minors involved yes
WLTI* involved yes
Men involved yes
Age 31 - 31
Group size 80
Countries of origin Tunisia
Treatment at police station or other place of detention photos taken, stress position for hours, denial of blanket
Overall number of policemen and policewomen involved 8
Violence used beating (with batons/hands/other), pushing people to the ground, destruction of personal belongings, eye-gouging
Police involved First came 2 soldiers in military uniform (camouflage) with Hungarian flag on arm in a big black SUV with 5 doors. Then at the police building at the end of the wall there were 6 police officers who were wearing blue uniform with 'Rendorseo' on the back of the uniform and were wearing masks.

As soon as he crossed the first wall a big black SUV pulled up and 2 officers jumped out before he could get to the second wall. The officers were wearing camouflage military uniform with a Hungarian flag on the arm. The two officers beat him with shoes in his stomach and gouged his eyes and his face. Half of the group escaped but those that were caught were beaten. Most people’s phones were broken and smashed by the officers.

The two officers then took him and 35 others to the police building at the end of the wall where there were lots of cars, and lots of officers coming and going. Here there were 6 different police officers in a different uniform (blue with “Rendorseo” on back) with black masks covering their faces. They made everyone sit on their knees outside in the cold for 3 hours with no break. The women and children were allowed to sit on their bums, but the men were not. He asked for a blanket but was told no. No one was given a blanket despite the very cold temperature. 

After 3 hours they put them on two buses which took them to another police building at the Horgos border. Here they took pictures of everyone’s faces and then opened the gates at the border and let them go back over.