Hungarian border village bans wearing the burka

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The Hungarian border village of Ásotthalom has passed a decree banning the public practice of the Muslim faith – such as wearing a burka or building a mosque – as well as behavior that does not conform with concept that the male-female relationship is the basis of families, news portal index.hu reported late yesterday.

Patroling along the border fence, Toroczkai walks a dog in one of his videos. (Photo: Screengrab)

The decree was proposed by Mayor László Toroczkai of the far-right Jobbik party, who has already gained international notoriety for glossy action-film like videos he posted about defending the Hungarian border, accompanied by what many consider to be anti-immigrant rhetoric.

Under the recently approved changes any “propaganda activity that portrays the institution of marriage not as it is recorded in the Fundamental Law [the constitution] of Hungary, which is the life community between a man and a woman, including performances and demonstrations in public” are banned, the news portal reported.

“Instead of looking for a scapegoat, I rather offer instant solutions against Brussels’ mass settlement plan,” Toroczkai reportedly wrote on his Facebook page after the decree was approved. He added that the package was required to “defend our societies and traditions”. He said that “nothing else needs to be done but all the other local governments of Hungary should adept our preventive regulation package, and we have defended our home.”

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