On the 6th of May 2021, the respondent and his group were sitting in a forest in the mountains close to the Road 1 in Croatia. They were a group of seven friends at the age of 18-24 years, from Pakistan and Afghanistan.
In the attempt of crossing the road in the darkness, they wanted to wait inside the woods until 9 pm. At around 3 to 4 pm, three police officers with two dogs approached the group and apprehended them.
“You will run, I will shoot”.
Those were the words the respondent recalls from the officers. The officers were wearing green uniforms, masks and carried guns with them (supposedly Croatian military police). The group of 7 people, including the respondent had to sit on the ground and wait, while the officers called additional authorities. After around one hour (4 to 5 pm) one white van approached the group. Two police officers in blue uniform got out and told the people to get in the van. Inside there was already a group of around 20 people, that had been apprehended before. In total they were about 27 people in the van, according to the respondent.
“Police van is very bad, because all people they are vomiting.”
During the ride which latest for 2-3 hours, the air inside the van was very bad as well as the driving of the officers which were the main causes for people to vomit. The van arrived at the border to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) at around 6-8 o’clock in the evening (estimated location: close to the city of Bihac). The personal belongings of all people were taken by the officers. Power-banks, backpacks, phones, shoes, sleeping-bags and money were burnt on the spot, by police officers. Everybody had to get in line, the officers pointed towards the direction of the Bosnian side of the border and said “Go Bihac, Bosnia!”. The respondent and his friends walked for 5 hours until they reached Lipa camp, close to the city of Bihac.