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Pushback from Croatia

Date & Time 2021-09-20
Location Sid, Serbia
Reported by No Name Kitchen
Coordinates 45.14733047, 19.16440487
Pushback from Croatia
Pushback to Serbia
Taken to a police station no
Minors involved no
WLTI* involved no
Men involved yes
Age unknown
Group size 23
Countries of origin Afghanistan
Treatment at police station or other place of detention
Overall number of policemen and policewomen involved 8
Violence used kicking
Police involved 5 police from the town of Vinkovci, 3 border police, two police vans

On September 20th, a group of 23 people arrived to Vinkovci, Croatia tired from their long journey. They were looking for a place to sleep and were walking along the road with all of their things. They noticed two taxi drivers pass them by and believed that it was them who called the police. One of the group members said, “When they see people who look like us walking through their small town, the people are scared.” However, the group kept walking and eventually found a spot to stay the night in an abandoned house. They tried their best to sleep on the broken floor.

An hour or so later, they said that they heard footsteps and the sound of a gun being cocked. Shortly after they heard, “Don’t move. Police!”. The group was then herded by five police officers, described by the respondent as one woman and four men to two large police vans. The group entered the vans and were taken to a spot along the Croatian/Serbian border. When they arrived, three police officers took control of the group and the respondent said they asked them who spoke English. The respondent said that they were all scared, and he, one of the English speakers, did not want to respond because last time he answered that he spoke English the police treated him very poorly. He shook his head ‘no’ when the police asked if he spoke English. The officer then proceeded to kick him in the leg three times. The police tried to interrogate the group for about ten minutes, the respondent said, before they made them cross the border into Serbia.