“Tunisian man hit with torch in Horgos ”

  • Date and time: January 24, 2022 02:00
  • Location: Horgos Border, Vojvodina
  • Coordinates: 46.1756319, 19.9843403
  • Pushback from: Hungary
  • Pushback to: Serbia
  • Demographics: 1 person(s), age: 30-35 , from: Tunisia
  • Minors involved? No
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other)
  • Police involved: There were 3 Army personnel who were from the Austrian Army, and there were also 4 Hungarian police officers.
  • Taken to a police station?: yes
  • Treatment at police station or other place of detention: photos taken, denial of food/water
  • Was the intention to ask for asylum expressed?: No
  • Reported by: Collective Aid

Original Report

A Tunisian man was pushed back into Serbia from the border at Horgos 2, he didn’t make it over the second fence as he was caught in between the two fences. The Hungarian Police asked him to walk but he had an injured leg, and they aggressively asked him to walk for 30 minutes and he asked for water and was denied. After this walk, another Army officer called to him in another language and he didn’t respond,  and because of this the officer hit him on his left shoulder with a torch and the officer said “because you don’t listen”. He was taken to a second location/police station and asked to sit in the snow for around 5 mins, and was denied water again when he asked for it. They then put him into a car and put him into a small cage which was much too small since he was a tall man, and his leg was injured. When the Tunisian man expressed concern over this the officer said “shut the fuck up”. They took photos of him at the police station, headshot type images, and then said ‘go to Serbia’ and opened the door for him to leave the station.  

At the border there was a helicopter and a drone looking for people at the border.