A “historic moment”—this is how the mayor of the town of Ásotthalom in Hungary, László Toroczkai, has described the first visit of an Afrikaner farmer delegation to his town which arrived there over the past weekend.
“After long preparations, the first Boer delegation from South Africa arrived,” Mayor Toroczkai announced on Facebook.
Posting a picture of himself with three of the Afrikaner farmers, Toroczkai wrote that “here we are having an inspection of the border [near his town], but we are also discussing economic—primarily agricultural—cooperation opportunities and a larger Boer-Hungarian economic and political meeting.
“Tens of thousands of Boers are looking for a new home in the world because of extreme racism, discrimination and untenable public security [in South Africa], and Europe [the EU] is an accomplice [in creating this situation],” he continued.
“I would like our country to [be the first] in the European Union to start to [offer sanctuary to them] in the future, because they have European roots, and are persecuted Christians.”
- The visit is the first since a series of on-and-off attempts have been launched since 2015, all with the aim of arranging Afrikaner emigration to Hungary and elsewhere in Europe. Ultimately, the right to determine who can enter Hungary does not reside with local authorities, but the central government, and nothing will happen without the latter’s acquiescence.
- Mayor Toroczkai is also the leader of the new nationalist breakaway party from Jobbik, “Our Homeland,” which was announced over the past weekend.