“Beaten and imprisoned by Greek police”

Arm broken by officers during apprehension, showing horizontal contusion.
  • Date and time: October 24, 2019 00:00
  • Location: Nea Vyssa
  • Coordinates: 41.58101804671091, 26.54130550193679
  • Pushback from: Greece
  • Pushback to: Turkey
  • Demographics: 3 person(s), age: 18-25 years old , from: Morocco
  • Minors involved? No
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other), theft of personal belongings
  • Police involved: Greek police officers, non-uniformed men in balaclavas
  • 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: Philoxenia

Original Report

The respondent crossed the Turkey-Greece border on the 24th of October, 2019 from the Turkish city of Edirne. The respondent was in a transit group with two other people from Morocco (group members aged 18, 22 and 25 years old). On route to the Greek village of Nea Vyssa, the transit group was stopped by two police officers. The respondent was able to identify the officers as part of the Greek police forces from their uniform.

The officers violently beat the men in the transit group using batons. The beating from Greek police officers left the respondent as well as another man in the transit group with broken arms.

Arm broken by officers during apprehension, showing horizontal contusion.

The group was then taken to a facility described by the respondent as being like a prison and being very dirty. The transit group were not given any food during their detention in this site.

Officers in balaclavas took the transit group back to the border of Greece-Turkey and pushed them back to the Turkish town of Uzunkopru. The officers took all possesions from the transit group  including money, clothes and mobile phones.