“Please don't hit my son, he is just a child, that's why he's walking slowly”

  • Date and time: August 26, 2022 20:30
  • Location: In the proximity of Beba Veche, close to route 682
  • Coordinates: 46.122974660681, 20.287127665612
  • Pushback from: Romania
  • Pushback to: Serbia
  • Demographics: 6 person(s), age: 4, 5, 7, 34, 35 years old , from: Egypt
  • Minors involved? Yes
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other), insulting
  • Police involved: 4 Romanian police officers, dark blue uniforms with patches on the torso and shoulder, 1 silver car
  • Taken to a police station?: no
  • Treatment at police station or other place of detention:
  • Was the intention to ask for asylum expressed?: No
  • Reported by: No Name Kitchen

Original Report

On Friday 26th August, at 8:00 pm, a group of 7 people from Egypt was pushed back from Romania to Serbia. The group consisted of one family (mother, father and their 3 children) and one single man.

As the respondent narrates, the group left the Serbian town of Majdan in the evening of the 25th August and crossed the serbian-romanian border. After crossing the border, the respondent recalls walking for 3 km before seeing a silver car, which he appointed as a police car.

The respondent reports that the group was near route 682 when the police approached them on foot, since the spot was not reachable by car.
The respondent recalls 4 police officers wearing dark blue uniforms with some patches on the torso and shoulder. He does not remember any additional information.The officers forced them to walk back to Serbia, screaming:

Go back to Serbia!

The respondent describes 2 officers walking with them on their way back to Serbia. One policeman in front and the other behind them. The respondent was walking with his daughter and one of his sons while the other  group members were walking behind them. He remembers that the youngest of his children was the last one in the line, and one that the officer behind him was annoyed by the his slowness, so he started yelling at the child to go faster.

He was screaming: Go fast, go fast!

The respondent tried to explain to the officers that the child was only 4 years old and was not able to walk faster, but no one listened to him. One of them started hitting his son multiple times with a baton. The respondent begged the officer to stop, but he ignored him and started  hitting the child again. The respondent, at that point, recalls telling to the police officer:

Please, don’t hit my son! He is just a child, that’s why he’s walking slowly!

Then he tried to speak to the officer in the front, but he said:

“I’m sorry but this is his job”

Before crossing the border back, the respondent recollects seeing another family from Mongolia, 2 adults and 5 children, a family he already knew. The respondent narrates that the officers took pictures of their group and the other family before forcing them to keep walking towards Serbia. The respondent also describes the officers forcing the other family to stay. It was 8:30 pm when the group crossed the border and got back to Bosnia.