WHY FED UP HUNGARIAN MAYOR Would Send All Illegal Immigrants To US…
“We are now prisoners on our farms. People’s calm lives are destroyed, and the people want them back.”
We bet that if you mentioned Asotthalom before September 16, 2015, people would make big eyes wondering what you just said. But a day later you started googling this Hungarian village and its Mayor Laszlo Toroczkai, whose video message swept the board in the Web.
It is 10.00 a. m. Saturday in the village of Asotthalom nearly touching the Hungarian-Serbian border. A smiling sprightly man in jeans and a jacket steps out from his sedan near the municipality. No military clothing, no big hulky bodyguards on jeeps. A vigorous handshake. It is the mayor.
“I have to work every day, and fortunately the situation with the illegal immigration is better,” Laszlo Toroczkai says instantaneously coming to the point of our talk.
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This is what made him the most googled Hungarian figure as of right now – a blockbuster trailer-style video stating that “If you are an illegal immigrant, Hungary is a bad choice and Asotthalom is the worst.”
The Video’s Target Audience
An interesting peculiarity is that the video is in Hungarian and has English subtitles, which is why Arab and African migrants won’t probably get the point. So who is the real target audience? And why call label your village “the worst?”
“Asotthalom is the best place for those people who respect the laws and Asotthalom is the worst place for criminals because illegal migrants are criminals and illegal immigration is a bad crime,” the mayor elaborated.
Stressing that human trafficking is a huge business for mafia and organized crime, Toroczkai said that he has often participated in patrolling the border with the police and has seen many human traffickers who threaten local policemen and residents.
“Human smugglers were the primary target of the video and they understood this message, believe me.”
Once, smugglers had a violent clash with Asotthalom police and two of them were hospitalized as well as the policemen. Later, a group of smugglers were arrested in the village.
The Best Employees of Asotthalom Toroczkai criticized the Croatian government, scolding it for fueling this impropriety. Currently Croatia is the main migrant route to Hungary.
“The Croatian government carries migrants from the Croatian-Serbian border to the Croatian-Hungarian border acting just like human traffickers. And no one talks about it.”
As for the Hungarian-Serbian border, where Asotthalom is located, the situation relatively scaled down when the government sent the Army to protect the border wall. However, the mayor wants the government to build a better fence there.
Now migrants are moving across the village in few groups at night, trying to cross as fast as they can, as “it is unsafe for them here.”
What the visitors first notice entering Asotthalom is a traffic sign depicting a crossed-out man with a bag behind his back. The mayor explained that the broad meaning of the sign is that “we do not welcome criminals here,” however, it originally targeted a specific crime where swindlers distracted residents by offering things for sale, while their accomplices robbed the house.
The Mayor’s Blood-Chilling Night Time Encounter
Virtually all asylum-seekers we have met in Hungary unanimously claim that they want to enter “big Europe” through Hungary and are not going to settle down here.
So why build fences and not let them just pass farther …?
“… across my house, my farms, across our farms, across this village?” the mayor pondered the question. It touches a raw nerve for him, evoking painful memories, and Laszlo Toroczkai shared the story of his first encounter with migrants amid the current crisis.
Migrants intercepted while trying to cross the fence,” the post reads.
The mayor lives in farm right at the border and he became one of the first witnesses of the expanding influx of migrants. His neighbor’s wife was alone in her house with three little kids when a group of “exclusively young male migrants” broke into her garden at night and wanted to enter her house.
Sometimes they do it just to charge their cell phones, sometimes the wait for human traffickers in abandoned houses.
“But imagine when you are alone and you are a woman with children and a group of men from Islamic or other countries want to enter your house at night on your farm!”
The mayor’s family was trapped in a very similar situation.
“My wife woke me up, she was afraid, there were some 40 people, and I ran out of the house with a non-lethal pistol – not to shoot but to scare them off. You would do anything in this situation.”
“I Have Nothing Against Refugees”
During our conversation Laszlo Torockai several times emphasized and reiterated that he has nothing against refugees. He draws a line between those who are saving their lives (asylum-seekers) and those who are looking for easy money and benefits (economic migrants).
Toroczkai argues that Hungary is full of purely economic migrants who are not real refugees, including those from Pakistan, Bangladesh and African countries which are free of wars. When he meets migrants, he always asks them two questions: where are your family, kids and wife, and what are you going to do in Europe?
One of the typical answers Toroczkai gets is like this: “I want a Mercedes Cabrio in Monaco”, an African man told him. Citing statistics, the mayor emphasized that of all the illegal immigrants in Hungary, 83 percent are young males and only 17 percent are children and women – those whom he considers true refugees. In his book, a man must defend his homeland instead of leaving it in danger.
“You know, if there is a war in my village, in my country, then my wife and my children will be refugees and I will stay at home to fight for my village and for my country.”
He stated that if a person agrees to abide by the law in Asotthalom, he or she would not have any problem.
Laszlo Toroczkai’s Anti-Crisis Strategy
The Asotthalom mayor suggested three steps to resolve the migrant crisis.
The basic principle in his strategy is that refugees should find shelter in “the first safe countries” (closest countries without war) near their conflict-struck homelands. This means that Syrians should be accepted in Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia.
So his first suggestion states that the EU and the US, as Washington bears responsibility for the inception of the whole havoc, have to financially support refugee camps in the first safe countries and create high-quality living conditions there so that asylum-seekers could wait out the wars and return home.
His second suggestion is the protection of EU borders because of threat’s of terrorism.
“I am sure a lot of terrorists will arrive to Europe across Asotthalom. There are many ISIL terrorists in Europe.”
And his third point was a global policy to stop and avert wars, but that is the duty of national leaders.
With a sad sarcastic laugh Toroczkai said that finally after two years EU heads are proposing the same ideas that he voiced back in 2013.
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Elaborating on the second, most difficult point, the village head tells us a fresh story about a man who lives at the border. He found several cell phones left by migrants and those phones contained the videos and pictures of beheadings, killing children and training kids to shoot with real weapons.
“These videos were shot with those phones. This means that their owners either participated in all those atrocities or stood nearby. They were terrorists or participated in the Syrian war.”
Toroczkai also recalled a violent clash between two groups of Afghani incomers on the Serbian side near the border. One person was killed and two were wounded. His Serbian neighbor called him to warn that the murderers were running toward Asotthalom. Toroczkai informed the police chief in his county and the criminals were caught. The scene in Serbia was a shock for him:
“Blood, blood everywhere, bloody knives all over the ground,” he recounted with a shiver. “Police always find knives on the migrants.”
He explained that Asotthalom is a recreational place where people go to spend time enjoying nature, working on a farm, or going for a walk into the forest.
But because of migrants, people are afraid to enjoy these activities, as the incomers “do not want to show their IDs, do not want police to be able to recognize them, and you don’t know who they are and whom you can face in the forest.”
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