“We stopped, we didn't run, because we respect the police. Why do they have to beat us?”

  • Date and time: May 6, 2022 19:00
  • Location: Somewhere close to E65 road, in close proximity with the Slovenian border
  • Coordinates: 45.442351118613, 14.544845616735
  • Pushback from: Croatia
  • Pushback to: Bosnia
  • Demographics: 50 people person(s), age: 16-40 years old , from: Afghanistan, Pakistan
  • Minors involved? Yes
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other), kicking, insulting, threatening with guns, theft of personal belongings, reckless driving
  • Police involved: 7 Specijalna jedinica policije (SJP), 8 Interventna Jednica Policija (IJP) with 4 prisoners vans (all white), other 20 Interventna Policija (IJP) at the border with 6-7 normal cars
  • 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: Anonymous

Original Report

On the 6th of May, 50 people from Afghanistan and Pakistan, with 4 minors, have been pushed back from Croatia. Croatian police beat all the people within the group, and they were especially violent with one minor who tried to run away.

The respondent says that he and his group started their game in Bihać on the 26th of April, in the afternoon. They crossed the border passing through the mountain. They walked for many days inside the forests, trying to hide from police.

On the 6th of May, after almost 2 weeks of fatigue and fear, the respondent remembers that him and the other people were on E65 road, very close to the Slovenian border, when they noticed lot of cameras and sensors. At around 7-8 p.m., 2 policemen arrived. They belonged to Specijalna jedinica policije. Two people tried to run away, but after few minutes other 5-6 policemen arrived and they caught the two people who were trying to escape.

“We all stopped, only two people runned away. One of them was a minor, the other one an elder man. The police beat them very badly, they kicked them a lot. The minor couldn’t walk. After that, they beat us all with a black stick, even if we stopped, even if we weren’t doing anything. We stopped, we didn’t run, because we respect the police. Why do they have to beat us?

 

The respondent now has a bandage on his big toe, since he got injured while the police was beating him and the other people.

After around one hour checking the 50 people and stealing them phones, money, bags and sleeping bags, 4 prisoners vans arrived. The respondent claims there were 2 drivers for each van, and they were policemen of the Interventna Jednica Policija (IJP).

They put 10-11 people in each van. We spent 3-4 hours inside, the car was shaking and the driver kept on braking. We all vomited.”

The respondent says that the drivers were laughing and joking.

“One policeman asked to one of the pakistani guys if he preferred Bosnian police or Croatian police. The guy said he liked more Bosnian police, because they don’t beat migrants. After this answer, the Croatian policeman beat the Pakistani guy so much.”

After more than 3 hours of reckless driving, the respondent says the Croatian police crossed the border and left the people inside Bosnia, around the area of Vrnograč. They arrived there at around 12 p.m. The respondent claims it was not the first time Croatian police enters Bosnia, and that this situation already happened 2 or 3 times also to his friend. 

At the deporting place, the respondent states that there were around 20 policemen (IJP), wearing a black uniform, with 5-6 normal cars. There was no Bosnian police at all.

“The police released all the people but not together. They started with the first van, they were saying, ‘now run’, the people were going out and then the police were beating them with the stick. Inside the jungle, when we were running, there were other policemen hidden in the bushes, who were also beating people.”

 

The respondent says that all the people were really tired; they wanted to call some organizations to bring them in camps, but they didn’t have any phone, because police took all of them.

“We asked for asylum. After beating us, they said ‘we can give you a stay’, but then they deported us.”