The right-wing mayor of the Italian city of Venice has ordered police to shoot anyone who shouts “Allahu Akbar” rather than risk a potential terrorist attack.
Luigi Brugnaro has decided the phrase – repeated by Muslims all over the world several times a day for prayers – should not be shouted in the city’s famous St Marks Square.
Speaking at a conference in Rimini, north east Italy, Brugnaro was applauded by delegates when he said: “In contrast with Barcelona, where they had not set up protection, we keep our guard up.”
He continued: “If anyone runs into St Mark’s Square shouting ‘Allahu Akhbar’, we will take him down. A year ago I said within four paces, now within three. I will say it in Venetian: ‘Ghe Sparemo’ (We will shoot him).”
Brugnaro went on to recall the arrest in March of four suspected “jihadists” who allegedly planned to kill hundreds of tourists by blowing up the world famous Rialto bridge. He added: “They wanted to go to Allah. But we’ll send them straight to Allah before they can do any damage.”
Last night Luigi Brugnaro added: “I have never been politically correct… that’s why we also need a naval blockade against people coming into Italy from North Africa.”