“They made us lie down in the snow for 1.5 hours. It's like a punishment.”

  • Date and time: January 10, 2022 02:00
  • Location: 46.213966, 19.803966
  • Coordinates: 46.213966, 19.803966
  • Pushback from: Hungary
  • Pushback to: Serbia
  • Demographics: 20 person(s), age: 25-35 years , from: Afghanistan
  • Minors involved? No
  • Violence used: exposure to snow and extreme weather conditions
  • Police involved: 6 officers in dark blue police uniform, 4 hungarian and 2 german speaking, 2 police cars
  • Taken to a police station?: no
  • Treatment at police station or other place of detention:
  • Was the intention to ask for asylum expressed?: Yes
  • Reported by: Collective Aid

Original Report

The respondent is a 25-year-old man from Afghanistan that was traveling with 19 other people-on-the-move from Afghanistan.

He reported that they started from Horgos, Serbia, to cross the border into Hungary.  After crossing, the respondent said they saw that a van which they feared to be government authorities were coming so they split into two groups. According to the respondent, one group got caught by six officers wearing dark blue uniform, who travelled in two vehicles that strongly resembled police cars. The respondent explained that four of the officers were from Hungary and two officers spoke German to each other.

It was 2 AM, near the 55 highway, and it was snowing. The respondent explained that the group of officers stopped them and made them lie down in the snow for 1.5 hours until a bus came to pick them up. The respondent reported that the officers said, “Shut up and lay down”. They were not allowed to talk to each other or stand up.

Afterwards, the transit group were brought back to Serbia and they came back to Horgos.