“You are Muslim, we are Christian. We don't like you”

  • Date and time: November 16, 2020 22:00
  • Location: Röszke border crossing
  • Coordinates: 46.175836198727, 19.976892316357
  • Pushback from: Hungary
  • Pushback to: Serbia
  • Demographics: 3 person(s), age: Unknown , from: Afghanistan
  • Minors involved? No
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other), kicking, pushing people to the ground
  • Police involved: 7-8 officials in green uniforms (referred to as military officers by the respondent), 4 Hungarian policemen
  • Taken to a police station?: yes
  • Treatment at police station or other place of detention: detention
  • Was the intention to ask for asylum expressed?: No
  • Reported by: Collective Aid

Original Report

Two Afghani men left Subotica (Serbia) by train on 16th November 2020. After crossing the border with Hungary, they reached a train station at 18:00. At the station they were detected by seven Hunagarian officers – the respondent referred to them as “army personnel” due to their green uniforms. One of the officers reportedly fired a gun into the air and ordered the two men to lay down on the ground. 

The respondent reported that three Hungarian policemen and one policewoman then arrived on the scene and one of them started kicking and beating him with a stick while shouting:

“You are Muslim, we are Christian. We don’t like you … If you come back, I will beat you”

This attack occured as he was lying on the ground next to his companion. In an attempt to protect his head from the beating, he covered it with his right hand, which was also hit by the stick. At the time of interview he reported how he had diffiulties in moving the hand still due to the injury incurred.

After 30 minutes laid out on the ground, the two men were taken to the police station in the town, where they spent an hour sitting on the floor. After that, they were taken to the border crossing at Röszke in a police car, together with another man who was also pushed back to Serbia together with them. This man had difficulties to walk and told the interviewee that he had been repeatedly beaten with the butt of a rifle, causing the limping. Upon reaching the border with Serba in the evening (between 20:00 and 22:00), the policemen made them walk back to Serbia, while filming them. No Serbian police were observed on the other side of the border.