Testimony:brutal police violence on the hungarian side behind the fence

(english below)

Svedočenje: Brutalna policijska represija na Mađarskoj granici

(razgovor se desio 6. avgusta, 2016 u Beogradu)

“ Prešli smo granicu 2. avgusta između 2:30 i 3 ujutro, bilo nas je oko 20 u grupi. Nismo daleko odmakli od ograde, svega oko pola kilometara, kada nas je uhapsila mađarska policija. Došli su sa 5 – 6 policijskih vozila. Znali smo da ne smemo bežati, nismo ni pokušali, samo smo seli na zemlju. Tukli su nas na najbrutalniji način. Nas dvoje smo bili najviše izloženi nasilju, jer smo izgledali fizički jači i stariji od ostalih. Neki policajci su nosili crne fantomke, i nismo im mogli videti lica. Osetio se miris alkohola i po tome smo znali da su pijani. Tukli su nas sa metalno- gumenim palicama, koristili su suzavac i pustili  policijske pse na nas. Toliko su nas pekle oči da nismo videli koliko njih nas udara. Razbili su mi glavu, mnogo sam krvario. Pokušavao sam im reći da prestanu ali su nastavili da me udaraju još jače i šutnuli me nogom u grudi.

Bili su pijani, konstantno su se smejali, uživali u nasilju. Rekli su nam da smo teroristi. Smejanje i udaranje, smejanje i udaranje. Nismo se više mogli micati.

Kad im je bilo dovoljno, onda su nas gurnuli u kola i vratili do Horgoša. Šutnuli su nas kroz jedna mala vrata koja se nalaze na ogradi. Tako smo se našli u ranim jutarnjim satima u improvizovanom kampu u Horgošu. Nismo bili u stanju da se pokrećemo. Trebao je nam ceo dan da bi se dovukli pešice do Subotice. Izgubili smo sav novac, vozač autobusa je odbio da nas poveze. Možda se uplašio, bili smo skroz krvavi. Bilo nam je jako teško hodati. Kolima je samo 15 minuta do Subotice ali je nama trebao celi dan, jer smo se jako sporo kretali. Niko nam nije želeo pomoći.

Nakon što su nam neki ljudi kupili kartu za voz, vratili smo se u Beograd. Lekari iz parka su nas odveli u bolnicu. To je bilo pre 4 dana. Još uvek me sve boli, noćima ne spavam od bolova. “

Napomena: Ograda se u celini nalazi na mađarskoj teritoriji, dakle na teritoriji EU, gde bi trebali da važe zakoni EU (koliko licemerni bili). Važno je to naglasiti, jer iz legalne perspektive to znači da za ovakvo brutalno nasilje državnih službi poput gore opisanog i mnogih drugih slučajeva, nisu odgovorni samo mađarske vlasti nego i oni u Briselu , Berlinu, Parizu… Upravo oni koji su podržali i finansirali militarizaciju te i ostalih granica.

Testimonies of two people who experienced brutal police violence on the Serbian-Hungarian border

This is only one of many similar cases of violent police attacks on people at the border. It seems that this kind of  incidents have become “normal”, at least it is not specially mentioned. As always when it comes to violence from the side of police and the state its not being discussed. The systematic character of beating people up is not put in question while somebody who is objecting this violence, is treated as a “public enemy”, called “terrorist”, called whatever .

We are asking ourselves about the purpose of this kind of documentation and publishing , obviously there are so many cases but no public debate on how to change it.

The talk happened on the 6th of August 2016, in Belgrade.

“ It was on the 2nd of August between 2.30-3 AM at night, we were about 20 persons in the group, we reached only half km away from the fence on the Hungarian side, we were caught by the hungarian police. They came with 5-6 police cars, we knew that we should not run, we did not try to run away, just sat down. They beat us very badly, the two of us got beaten up the most, because the other guys were younger and physically weaker. Some of the police was wearing black phantom masks, we could feel from the smell of alcohol that they were drunk. They were beating us with rubber-iron sticks, pepper-spray a nd leashing dogs on us. Our eyes were burning, we even could not see how many of them were beating us. They broke my head, i was blooding, i tried to tell them to stop it, but they beat me even more, and kicked me into my chest.

They were drunk, they were laughing constantly, having fun, and telling us that we are terrorists. Beat and laugh, beat and laugh. We could not move at all.

When they got enough of fun, they pushed us into a car, and brought us back to Horgos. There was a small door on the fence, they kicked us back through that door. We found ourselves in the Horgos camp, it was early morning, we could not walk. It took us the whole day to get back to Subotica by foot. We lost all of our money, the bus driver did not want to take us. We were all in blood, maybe he was afraid to let us in. It was very hard, it’s just 15min by car but we walked very slowly the whole day, nobody wanted to help us.

After some people got us a ticket and we came back to Belgrade. The doctors from the park took me to the hospital. It was 4 days ago, i am still all in pain, can’t sleep at night, from the pain and from the stress. “

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