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"After he found out we are from Syria, he started shouting and hitting us."

Date & Time 2022-09-09
Location Röszke, Hungary
Reported by No Name Kitchen
Coordinates 46.17593795, 19.97604256
Pushback from Hungary
Pushback to Serbia
Taken to a police station no
Minors involved
WLTI* involved?
Men involved?
Demographics?
Group size? 30
Treatment at police station or other place of detention detention, photos taken, no translator present, denial of access to toilets, denial of food/water
Overall number of policemen and policewomen involved 16
Violence used beating (with batons/hands/other), kicking, pushing people to the ground, pepper spray
Police involved? 16 police Hungarian police officers dressed in dark blue uniforms (3 women, 13 men), 2 white vans, 2 black Jeeps

On the afternoon of 9 September, a group of 17 Syrian men set off from Sombor. After crossing the Hungarian border, they were spotted by a police officer 2 hours later. A short time later, 2 black jeeps and 2 white police vans showed up and surrounded them.

One of the policemen asked where they were from.
After the respondent told the policeman that they were all from Syria, he started shouting at them and hitting the respondent with a police baton. Some of the group tried to run away and were stopped by the 13 policemen and 3 policewomen. A short time later they were all forced to kneel on the ground.

“Two police hit us, the others just watched”.

The respondent was kicked in the hip and his back while he was on the ground.

“Now I can’t breathe , I am in lot of pain,” the respondent said while pointing to his injuries.

The police also used pepper spray against them. His friend, who can be seen in the second and third pictures, was brutally beaten on the back with a baton. The respondent also reported a person whose hand was broken by the police.

After that they were divided between the two vans, each of which already had  people in it.