“The put him on the floor and jump on him until they broke his arm.”

  • Date and time: May 15, 2019 01:00
  • Location: Border crossing Batrovci / Serbian side
  • Coordinates: 45.047329561139506, 19.10694122314453
  • Pushback from: Croatia
  • Pushback to: Serbia
  • Demographics: 2 person(s), age: 17, 18 years old , from: Afghanistan
  • Minors involved? Yes
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other), kicking, pushing people to the ground
  • Police involved: 2 Serbian border officers
  • 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: No Name Kitchen

Original Report

The two respondents reported leaving from the main squat in Šid (SRB) in the late evening of the 14th of May. One is 18 years old, while the other is 17 years old. Both are from Afghanistan.

They entered into a truck parked on the Serbian side of the border with the intention of crossing over to Croatia. At around 1:00 am, what the respondents described as two Serbian border officers opened the truck and found the two individuals. One respondent ran away from the police officers and escaped into the nearby forest, however the other was not able to do the same. The one who didn’t escape described that, without any words, the two Serbian police officers punched, kicked, and beat him with a baton all around the body. He recalled that the officers forced him onto the ground and jumped on him until they broke his arm.

He finally ran away from them and walked three hours before arriving back to the squat in Šid.

The day after, volunteers from No Name Kitchen went with this respondent to the hospital in Mitrovica (SRB) where he received an X-ray which revealed that his arm was broken during this incident.