“They called a taxi which never appeared but instead of it, a Croatian police car arrived with one officer”

  • Date and time: October 8, 2018 23:00
  • Location: Croatia, close to Slovenian border
  • Coordinates: 45.770995417148114, 15.571789003381355
  • Push-back from: Croatia
  • Push-back to: Serbia
  • Demographics: 23 person(s), age: one little boy, others unknown , from: Afghanistan
  • Minors involved? Yes
  • Violence used: no violence used
  • Police involved: 6 Croatian officers in uniform, using binoculars
  • Taken to a police station?: unknown
  • Treatment at police station or other place of detention: personal information taken
  • Was the intention to ask for asylum expressed?: No
  • Reported by: No Name Kitchen

Original Report

The group of 23, one married couple and one family with a small girl, were walking through Croatia near the Slovenian border on October 8, 2018.

They called a taxi which never appeared but instead of it, a Croatian police car arrived with one officer. After a few minutes, five more officers joined walking, wearing uniforms and using binoculars. They took every individual one by one into a van of a similar size as a Ford Transit, with a windowless backspace. Inside, they were frisked and registered. This process took around four hours, and at some point, both women and the child were crying. One of the individuals was begging not to be taken into jail.

After that, all the 23 of them were taken back with the van to the Serbian border which took  them one hour.