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László Toroczkai

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László Toroczkai
Toroczkai László.jpg
Mayor of Ásotthalom
Assumed office
15 December 2013
Preceded byFerenc Petró
President of Our Homeland Movement
Assumed office
23 June 2018
Personal details
Born (1978-03-10) 10 March 1978 (age 43)
Szeged, Hungary
Political partyMIÉP (1996–2000)
Jobbik (2016–2018)
Our Homeland (2018–present)
Children3

László Toroczkai (born László Tóth,[1] March 10, 1978) is a Hungarian politician, journalist, leader of the Our Homeland Movement political party and mayor of Ásotthalom. He is also founding member of the HVIM youth organization, the Hunnia national radical movement and former Vice President of Jobbik. Between 2002 and 2013 he served as editor-in-chief of the Magyar Jelen newspaper.

Family

The Treaty of Trianon had been heavily impacted on his family. Ancestors from their mother's side were expelled from Rimetea and Cluj-Napoca; ancestors from their father's side were expelled from Sombor and Odžaci. As a fearful judge, one of his great-grandfathers Gusztáv Tutsek had a major role in the aftermath of the failed Hungarian Revolution of 1956, widely condemned for presiding over some of the notorious show trials. It was him who convicted Mária Wittner among others. Conservative rightist author Anna Tutsek who was born in Cluj-Napoca was also his relative. In the 1930s, his grandfather László Tóth who was from Bačka, was a gendarmerie and a footballer. Later on, during WW II, he served in the Hungarian army. He was deployed to recapture Bačka and Northern Transylvania and then participated in fights at the Eastern front.

László Toroczkai has 3 children. He was twice married. His second wife is from Moldova. They divorced in 2017.

Political career

Born in Szeged, Toroczkai studied communication at the University of Szeged. He defines himself as a national radical.

In 2004, Toroczkai was banned from Serbia after being involved in a scuffle with a group of Serbs in the town of Palić. In 2006, the authorities of Slovakia also banned him from the country for five years because of demonstrations that he organized in front of the Slovak Ministry of Internal Affairs. He became a nationally known political figure during the 2006 protests in Hungary and especially because of his role in the Siege of the Headquarter of Magyar Televízió, the Hungarian public television where he led the protesting crowd in Budapest from the Kossuth Square to the Liberty Square.

Mayor of Ásotthalom

Since 2013 he has been the mayor of Ásotthalom. He was elected as mayor in a by-election with 71.5% of the vote.[2] In the regularly scheduled election in 2014 he was re-elected unanimously.[3] He was re-elected with 68.42% of the vote in the 2019 local elections.[4]

It was his idea early 2015 to have a border fence built along the southern border of Hungary, in order to stop illegal migration, which was later implemented as the Hungarian border barrier the same year by the Hungarian government.[5][6] During the 2015 European migrant crisis, over 10,000 Syrian and Iraqi migrants passed through the village, with only a handful of them aiming to settle there.[7] In 2017, only two Muslims were known to choose Ásotthalom as their permanent residence.[7] There are no mosque-designed structures built in the village up to date and Toroczkai banned any building of mosques that year.[7] Besides it was reported that the local government had banned the Muslim call to prayer,[8] Muslim clothing, and public displays of same-sex affection.[7][8] Toroczkai called for all the Christian locals to support a "holy war on Muslims and multiculturalism".[7] He endorsed policies to ban the promotion of pro-LGBT rights advertisements and Islamic religious practices in Ásotthalom, arguing that homosexuality and Islam are threats posed to the Hungarian traditions.[9] In April 2017, after a lawsuit challenging the ban's legitimacy had filled, the Constitutional Court struck it down, ruling that it violated human rights law as it aimed to " directly limit the freedom of speech, conscience and religion".[10]

In June 2018, Toroczkai discussed plans with Afrikaner farmers to relocate to Ásotthalom.[11][12][13]

Party leader

On June 8, 2018, Jobbik withdrew Toroczkai's membership and excluded him from the party. In response, he established a new political movement which formed into a party called Our Homeland Movement.[14]

Between 2010–2014, he was a local representative of Csongrád County. He is the former vice president of the Jobbik party[15] and led its county list during the elections of 2010 and 2014.[16]

After the 2018 Hungarian parliamentary election, Toroczkai was a contender for Jobbik's presidency, but he lost to his opponent Tamás Sneider, receiving 46.2% of the vote. He later told reporters he had formed a new platform and allowed party leaders time until June 23 to integrate its ideology and policies into the party's political programmes or risk a break-up of Jobbik. [17]

He said the platform had plans to return to the original goals pursued by Jobbik, including to halt immigration, stop the emigration of the Hungarian youth to the wealthier western part of the EU, take a tough line on Hungary’s Roma minority, and to support the ethnic Hungarian minorities in neighboring states.[17] In June 2018, Toroczkai formed a new party Our Homeland Movement with fellow former Jobbik MP Dóra Dúró.[18]

References

  1. ^ Nagy Gergely Miklós: Tények és homály Toroczkai László különös pályáján: Az út Orbánig. Magyar Narancs, XXX. évf. 23. sz. (2018. jún. 7.) 14–16. o. ISSN
  2. ^ "Toroczkai László polgármester lett" (in Hungarian). Index.hu. 15 December 2013. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-10-06. Retrieved 2018-07-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Ásotthalom települési választás eredményei" (html) (in Hungarian). Nemzeti Választási Iroda. 2019-10-13. Retrieved 2020-02-25.
  5. ^ origo.hu - Kerítést építene a határon Toroczkai - Viktória Serdült - 23 January, 2015, 13:34
  6. ^ origo.hu - Toroczkai: Az illegális migráció ma a legnagyobb fenyegetés - Tibor Lengyel - June 9, 2015, 14:20
  7. ^ a b c d e 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.
  8. ^ a b Benke, Erika (2017-02-07). "The village aiming to create a white utopia". BBC News. Retrieved 2017-02-07.
  9. ^ "Hungarian mayor says Muslims and gay people not welcome in his village". The Independent. 2017-02-07.
  10. ^ Hungarian court overturns village's ban on Islamic symbols and 'LGBT propaganda
  11. ^ Boer Delegation Visits Hungary, Project Nova Europa
  12. ^ First Boer Delegation Visits Hungarian Town, New Observer Online
  13. ^ How Hungary Became A Haven For The Alt Right, The Atlantic
  14. ^ Kizárta Toroczkait a Jobbik – Index, 2018.06.08.
  15. ^ "JOBBIK'S VICE PRESIDENT LÁSZLÓ TOROCZKAI ON THE REFERENDUM RESULT". Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  16. ^ "Elections in Csongrád County". valasztas.hu. Retrieved 21 October 2015.
  17. ^ a b "Hardliners in Hungary's Jobbik demand return to far-right roots". Reuters. 2018-05-22.
  18. ^ "Brand New Far-Right Party Emerges from the Ashes of Jobbik". Hungary Today. 2018-06-25.

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