“What are you doing here, terrorist? Go back and don’t try to come again!”

  • Date and time: March 8, 2019 22:30
  • Location: Tompa, Hungary, near Kelebija (SRB)
  • Coordinates: 46.17481192859851, 19.55871582948555
  • Push-back from: Hungary
  • Push-back to: Serbia
  • Demographics: 5 person(s), age: 14, 15, 16, 22, 27 , from: Afghanistan
  • Minors involved? Yes
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other), insulting, pouring water over one's head, forcing to undress, theft of personal belongings
  • Police involved: 6 Hungarian police officers with uniforms, cars
  • 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: Escuela Con Alma

Original Report

A group of five, aged 14, 15, 16, 22 and 27 were detained by the Hungarian authorities on the Hungarian side of the border near Kelebija (SRB) in the night of March 8, 2019, at 10.30 pm. Six officers in two cars stopped the group, shouting and insulting them:

“What are you doing here, terrorist? Go back and don’t try to come again!”

They hit one of the children, 15 years old, with a big stone on his knee which seriously injured him and made it difficult for him to walk. The officers attacked also the other individuals with batons, beating their heads and backs. Afterwards, they took their mobile phones and money. They would never return any of their belongings. They also forced one individual to undress. After that, the police poured ice water on their necks and bodies and forced them to return to Serbia in the middle of the cold night.