Hungarian village bans building mosques, wearing burqas

The mayor of Hungary's Asotthalom has announced that the village has adopted measures to defend its community and traditions.

Source: Tanjug
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A Sept. 2, 2015 file photo of a migrant family from Afghanistan after crossing from Serbia to Asotthalom, Hungary (Tanjug/AP)
A Sept. 2, 2015 file photo of a migrant family from Afghanistan after crossing from Serbia to Asotthalom, Hungary (Tanjug/AP)

These include banning "construction of mosques and the activity of muezzins, as well as the use of veils and headscarves like burqas, chadors and burkinis worn by Muslim women," AP reported on Friday.

Asotthalom Mayor Laszlo Toroczkai, whom the agency said was far-right, stated that the village moved to adopt these measures in order to "defend the village's community and traditions from any EU scheme to resettle asylum-seekers among the members of the EU."

AP noted that this southern Hungarian village is "on the border with Serbia and has been a major entry point into Hungary for migrants on the Balkan route trying to reach Western Europe," with Toroczkai as "an early advocate of building border fences to stop the migrant flow."

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