Ásotthalom

Ásotthalom is a village in Csongrád County, in the Southern Great Plain region of southern Hungary, near the border with Serbia.[2]

Ásotthalom
Large village
Red poppy field near Ásotthalom
Red poppy field near Ásotthalom
Coat of arms of Ásotthalom
Ásotthalom is located in Csongrád County
Ásotthalom
Ásotthalom
Location of Ásotthalom in Csongrád County, Hungary
Ásotthalom is located in Hungary
Ásotthalom
Ásotthalom
Location of Ásotthalom in Hungary
Coordinates: 46°11′55″N 19°47′00″E / 46.19875°N 19.78334°E / 46.19875; 19.78334Coordinates: 46°11′55″N 19°47′00″E / 46.19875°N 19.78334°E / 46.19875; 19.78334
Country Hungary
CountyCsongrád-Csanád
DistrictMórahalom
Government
 • MayorLászló Toroczkai
(Our Home Movement)
Area
 • Total122.54 km2 (47.31 sq mi)
Population
 (2017)
 • Total3,856[1]
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
6783
Area code(+36) 62

GeographyEdit

It covers an area of 122.54 km2 (47 sq mi) and has a population of 3,856 people (2017).[1]

PoliticsEdit

The local mayor was the vice-president of the right-wing nationalist Jobbik party,[3] but after his exclusion he created a new party.[4] During the 2015 European migrant crisis, over 10,000 Syrian and Iraqi migrants have passed through the village, with some aiming to settle there.[2] As per 2017, only two Muslims are known to be permanently settled there.[2] There are no mosque-designed structures and the mayor have banned any building of mosques in 2017.[2] In 2017, it was reported that the local government had banned the Muslim call to prayer,[5] Muslim clothing, and public displays of same-sex affection.[2][5] The mayor have called for all the Christian locals to support for a "holy war on Muslims" and multiculturalism.[2] In April 2017, after a lawsuit challenging the ban was filed, the Constitutional Court struck down the ban, ruling that it violated human rights law as it aimed to "limit directly the freedom of speech, conscience and religion".[6]

In June 2018, the mayor spoke with some Afrikaner farmers from South Africa about plans to resettle Afrikaners to live in Ásotthalom.[7][8][9]

External linksEdit

  Media related to Ásotthalom at Wikimedia Commons

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Ásotthalom, KSH
  2. ^ a b c d e f Borg, Matthew (7 February 2017). "Sindku f'raħal ċkejken jiddikjara "gwerra qaddisa kontra l-Islam"". newsbook (in Maltese). Malta. Archived from the original on 7 February 2017.
  3. ^ Kékesi, Márk Zoltán (2016-02-08). "A Hungarian mayor makes a show of "migrant-hunting"". The France 24 Observers. Retrieved 2017-02-07.
  4. ^ https://hungarytoday.hu/brand-new-far-right-party-emerges-from-the-ashes-of-jobbik/
  5. ^ a b Benke, Erika (2017-02-07). "The village aiming to create a white utopia". BBC News. Retrieved 2017-02-07.
  6. ^ Hungarian court overturns village's ban on Islamic symbols and 'LGBT propaganda
  7. ^ Boer Delegation Visits Hungary, Project Nova Europa
  8. ^ First Boer Delegation Visits Hungarian Town, New Observer Online
  9. ^ How Hungary Became A Haven For The Alt Right, The Atlantic