Migrants say they are confronted met abuse on Both sides of Belarus border

SULAIMANIYA, Iraq – Before Belarusian police Hajar, 37, this week over pushed the border into Lithuania, they beat him in the head, he said. But that was just the start of to be ordeal.

on the Lithuanian sidethe police called for An group of commands who he said took him and his friends away and started beating them with sticks and plastic cables and shocking them with narcotic guns. In a video call from Minsk he withdrew up his shirt to show deep bruises on to be side and back.

“They said, ‘You have no right to come here to our country,'” he said, speaking in Kurdish via a translator. “They said, ‘You’re making our country dirty.'”

Hajar, an Iraqi Kurdi who desperately trying to reach the European Union, asked not to publish his last name for fear of consequences of the Belarusian and Lithuanian authorities.

He said that the commandos, dressed in black and wearing masks, took the phones of the migrants and warned that they had made video of the Kurds, who would take a much worse beating if they came back.

Hajar limped back over the border and made to be way back to Minsk to tend his wounds in An budget hotel he said was migrants $100 a night in charged in stock exchange for do not report to the authorities for their expired visas.

Two days later, he said that the Belarusian police again forced them to go to the border, but he was too scared to over to stab.

hajar, who said he spent $6,000 to go to Turkey and then Belarus, said he was on the run from a tribal dispute in Iraq that gave its life in danger. An father, he hopes to come to Britain to earn money send back until his 14-year-old son and his sick mother.

He said he plans try the border over to sting again.

“L just want over even if I lose my life,” he said.

In the city of sulaimaniyah, in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, Reben Sirwan, a journalist, said he also went to Belarus, where he was shocked and beaten by Belarusian police officers when they expelled him last week.

“On the stairs of the plane they hit me and took my phone because i was doing live reports,” he said.

Mr Sirwan, 29, said he had received threats over to be work in Kurdistan, and planned to apply for asylum in Belarus. But in instead of hearing his claim, the Belarusian authorities told him on a plane – not to Iraq but to Syria. Police detained him in Syria for four days before allowing him to return to Iraq, he said.

“Belarus, Poland and Lithuania are playing with people,” he said. “She move them up, down, left and right. They hurt them, beat them, steal their phones and take their… money.”

Sangar Khaleel and Barzan Jabar reported.

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