“‘I’m a person, why like this?’ ”

  • Date and time: May 11, 2019 06:00
  • Location: Tovarnik train station, Croatia
  • Coordinates: 45.157832361855085, 19.144878387451172
  • Pushback from: Croatia
  • Pushback to: Serbia
  • Demographics: 1 person(s), age: 35 years old , from: Tunisia
  • Minors involved? No
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other), kicking, pushing people to the ground, insulting, destruction of personal belongings
  • Police involved: 6 Croatian regular officers (5 with hood) , 1 police car
  • 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: No Name Kitchen

Original Report

A 35-year-old man from Tunisia reports having left on his first game the 11th of May, from the train station in Šid (SRB) at around midnight. He walked about 20 kilometres, until he reached the train station in Tovarnik, Croatia. He was soon arrested at this location, at sometime between 5:00 and 6:00 am, by a group of six Croatian police officers dressed in what were described as municipal uniforms The officers arrived in a vehicle, five of them were described as wearing a hood.

They asked in English where he was from that he said Tunisia. He said also that he had previously been living in Germany and asked for asylum. The police officers refused, saying: ‘no, you are shit.’

The officers apprehended him and threw his bags and mobile phone away into a nearby river. They forced him onto the ground and hit him several times with a baton and kicked him.

The respondent asks:

‘I’m a person, why like this?’ 

After being beaten by the police, the respondent arrived back to Šid at around 12:00 a.m., after walking for six hours.

During the respondent’s interaction with the interviewer, he had several marks on his face, and the long mark of a stick hit on his abdomen.