Iraq, Sulaymaniyah — He said they hit his head before Belarusian police pushed Hajar, 37, across the border into Lithuania this week. But that was just the beginning of his trials.
On the Lithuanian side, police took him and his friends away, beat them with sticks and plastic cables, and called a group of commands he said began to shock them with stun guns. In a video call from Minsk, he pulled up his shirt and showed deep bruises on his sides and back.
“They said,’You have no right to come here in our country,'” he spoke in Kurdish through an interpreter. “They said,’You defile our country.'”
Iraqi Kurdish Hajar, desperately trying to reach the European Union, urged him not to disclose his name for fear of influence from Belarusian and Lithuanian authorities.
He said he warned that commandos, covered in black and wearing masks, picked up migrant calls and took a video of Kurds who would be hit much worse if they returned. rice field.
Hajar crossed the border back to Rinsk and returned to Minsk to hurt him at a budget hotel. He said he was charging immigrants $ 100 a night in exchange for not reporting expired visas to the authorities.
Two days later, Belarusian police forced them to go to the border again, but he said he was too afraid to cross.
Hajar, who said he had spent $ 6,000 to go to Turkey and Belarus, said he had escaped from a tribal conflict in Iraq that endangered his life. As a single father, he wants to go to the UK to make money to send back to his 14-year-old son and sick mother.
He said he would try to cross the border again.
“Even if I lose my life, I just want to cross,” he said.
In the city of Sulaimaniya in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, journalist Leben Sirwan also said he had been to Belarus and was shocked and beaten when Belarusian police officers deported him last week.
“They hit me and picked up my phone because I was doing a live report on the stairs of the plane,” he said.
Sirwan, 29, said he was threatened with work in Kurdistan and plans to apply for asylum in Belarus. But instead of hearing his claim, Belarusian authorities took him on a plane-toward Syria instead of Iraq. In Syria, police detained him for four days before returning him to Iraq, he said.
“Belarus, Poland and Lithuania are playing with people,” he said. “They move them up, down, left and right. They hurt them, beat them, steal their phones, and take money.”
Sangar Khaleel and Barzan Jabar contributed to the report.