“The 4 men woke up as the police started kicking them, and they were beaten and kicked by the police officers”

  • Date and time: December 17, 2017 01:30
  • Location: Near Batrovci on the Croatian side, Croatia
  • Coordinates: 45.0495562, 19.101440300000036
  • Pushback from: Croatia
  • Pushback to: Serbia
  • Demographics: 4 person(s), age: unknown , from: Syria, Egypt
  • Minors involved? Unknown
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other), kicking, destruction of personal belongings, theft of personal belongings
  • Police involved: Croatian border police
  • Taken to a police station?: unknown
  • Treatment at police station or other place of detention:
  • Was the intention to ask for asylum expressed?: Unknown
  • Reported by: Rigardu

Original Report

4 men (1 from Egypt, 3 from Syria) tried to cross the border from Serbia on foot. A group of police officers, reported as Croatian, apprehended them while they were sleeping under a bridge. There were more than 15 police officers and several cars. The 4 men woke up as the police started kicking them, and they were then continuously beaten and kicked by the police officers. The police searched their bags and pockets, took the money they found from 2 of the men and 2 of their phones were smashed.

One member of the group told the police about an illness he had and stated that he needed to go to Zagreb to be treated, but his request was refused. A police officer explained to them that the reason for this was that they had committed illegal entry. They were put in a van, and driven back to Serbia. In a place close to the border crossing at Batrovci, the officers pushed them back. They came back to Sid after walking all night long.