Luigi Brugnaro, the mayor of Venice, Italy, has ordered police in his city to open fire on anyone shouting ‘Allahu Akbar,’ a phrase often used by radical Islamic terrorists during attacks.
Brugnaro claimed that such a proactive measure is what makes his city safer than that of Barcelona, Spain, which recently suffered a terror attack that killed 14 people. In that horrific incident, Younes Abouyaaqoub used a van to plow into a crowd of innocent people. He was later killed by police while shouting “Allahu Akbar.”
“In contrast with Barcelona, where they had not set up protection, we keep our guard up,” the Venice mayor said.
“If anyone runs into St Mark’s Square shouting ‘Allahu Akhbar’, we will take him down.”
Via the Times:
The right-wing mayor of Venice has courted controversy by claiming anyone who yells “Allahu Akhbar” in the city’s St Mark’s Square will be shot.
Speaking at a conference, Luigi Brugnaro said Venice was safer than Barcelona, where 13 people were killed this month when terrorists drove a van down Las Ramblas.
“In contrast with Barcelona, where they had not set up protection, we keep our guard up,” he said. “If anyone runs into St Mark’s Square shouting ‘Allahu Akhbar’, we will take him down. A year ago I said after four steps, now after three. I will say it in Venetian: ‘Ghe Sparemo’ (We will shoot him).”
Brugnaro went on to discuss a fairly recent plot by four jihadists to blow up the Rialto bridge in March.
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Brugnaro hinted that under the new policy the Rialto Bridge plotters might not have been so lucky as to simply be arrested.
“In Venice, we arrested four terrorists who wanted to blow up the Rialto bridge, saying they wanted to go to Allah,” he explained. “But we’ll send them straight to Allah before they can do any damage.”
After Brugnaro spoke at the conference Dario Nardella, mayor of Florence, approached the Venice mayor shouting ‘Allahu Akhbar!’ and laughing.
Nardella later apologized on social media, saying “It was not my intention to offend anyone, not least the Muslim community.”
Brugnaro went on to say that he’s never been one for political correctness.
“I would shoot, we would shoot . . . if you want to kill me, maybe I will defend myself,” he said.
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