“"If you don't stop Police beats you even more"”

  • Date and time: July 21, 2021 02:00
  • Location: Roszke, Hungary
  • Coordinates: 46.176529094013, 19.982896555029
  • Pushback from: Hungary
  • Pushback to: Serbia
  • Demographics: 9 person(s), age: 34 , from: Morocco
  • Minors involved? No
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other), kicking, pushing people to the ground, exposure to air condition and extreme temperature during car ride, reckless driving
  • Police involved: 6 Hungarian police officers and a van
  • Taken to a police station?: unknown
  • Treatment at police station or other place of detention: detention, photos taken, no translator present
  • Was the intention to ask for asylum expressed?: No
  • Reported by: Collective Aid

Original Report

On the night of the 21st of July, 2021, the respondent, as part of a group of 9 people trying to cross the Serbia-Hungary border, climbed up the wall that separates the two countries. Once on the other side, he was quickly spotted by the police and stopped running because « if you don’t police beats you even more ».

He further describes how the remaining members of the groups that were still trying to run away were chased by dogs. The respondent and the other member of the group were then summoned to put their hands on their head kneel on the ground for about an hour.

When the Hungarian police forces gathered every individual from the group, they forced all 9 of them into a van that could not fit that many people. The respondent recalls having trouble to breathe because of the overcrowded space he was in; as the heat was also getting unbearable for the group they started banging at the van’s walls hoping to be set free. As a reaction several police officers opened the backdoors of the van and started beating up the group that was held captive with their baton, as a punitive measure.

After some time they all got driven to a small room. The Hungarian Police searched every member of the group and took a picture of each of them. They were then escorted back to Horgos, on the Serbian side of the border and pushed back.