This investigation by Lighthouse Reports sheds light on the brutal actions of masked men who are responsible for physical assaults, illegal pushbacks, reckless endangerment and rights abuses against asylum seekers and migrants in Croatia, Greece and Romania. These masked men operate in a grey zone, escaping accountability and preventing any examination of how they are financed or equipped. Despite thousands of personal testimonies from people affected by their violent operations, official denial persists. The investigation includes irrefutable visual evidence and confidential sources among the same officer corps who undertake these actions, providing the most detailed picture yet of this previously covert campaign of illegal and violent pushbacks.
More on the investigation process and impact in the interview with one of the Unmasking Europe’s Shadow Armies journalists Bashar Deeb.