“They were kicked one by one, and the police ordered them to 'go to Subotica, don’t come back!'”

  • Date and time: September 21, 2017 00:00
  • Location: Near Tompa, Hungary
  • Coordinates: 46.169429361404, 19.563903808594
  • Pushback from: Hungary
  • Pushback to: Serbia
  • Demographics: 6 person(s), age: unknown , from: Afghanistan
  • Minors involved? Unknown
  • Violence used: kicking
  • Police involved: Hungarian border police, 3 members of special forces, 4 police men, and 4 police women
  • 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?: Unknown
  • Reported by: No Name Kitchen

Original Report

A 20 year old person from Afghanistan reports that he was pushed back from Hungary to Serbia, on September 21st, 2017. He states that the police caught him along with a group of 6 people, approximately 20km after the border, on a highway in Hungary. They were 3 officers, whom the respondent alleges were members of Hungarian special forces (“army police officers” according to our interviewee) and 4 police men on the road with 3 police women. The interviewee recalls that the officers asked them where they were going, and they answered Austria. Their phones were taken. They waited 1 hour on the highway while their mobiles were checked, as well as their belongings.

The interviewee reports that then, a car arrived, and they asked for their belongings back, but nothing was given back to them. They were kicked one by one, and the police ordered them to “go to Subotica, don’t come back!”. The officers also took pictures of them, and asked for their names and filled out a document with their information.