“The police beat them, broke all their phones and took their money”

  • Date and time: October 20, 2017 21:00
  • Location: Tovarnik, Croatia
  • Coordinates: 45.1648822, 19.152205800000047
  • Pushback from: Croatia
  • Pushback to: Serbia
  • Demographics: 7 person(s), age: 20-30 , from: Morocco
  • Minors involved? Unknown
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other), destruction of personal belongings, theft of personal belongings
  • Police involved: There were 9 police officers, with « big car ».
  • Taken to a police station?: unknown
  • 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

The interviewee declared that every day he has been attempting to go to Croatia, and has travelled between 30 and 70 kilometers after the border into Croatian territory, but the Croatian police always push him back to Serbia. He has also declared that he wants asylum in Zagreb, but the police never took this into consideration. Moreover he was deported from Slovenia, in Rijeka the police, described as Slovenian took his phone and beat him, before taking him to another police unit, described as Croatian, who deported him back to Serbia (6 policemen).

On the October 20th. he crossed to Croatia, and about 30km into Croatian territory the police caught him in the streets of Vinkovci, near the train station. At 9pm he was pushed back to Serbia. He was with 6 other people. The respondent described that there were 9 police officers, with a big car. The police beat them, broke all their phones, took their money and the sim cards were broken as well. He was pushed back to Serbia, and told not to come back to Croatia.