- Aug 12, 2009
Mayor of Venice says ANYONE who shouts 'Allahu Akbar' in his city will be shot by snipers
Luigi Brugnaro claims the Italian tourist hotspot is safer than Barcelona - where 14 people died being run down by a terrorist - saying that 'in contrast, we keep our guard up'
09:20, 24 AUG 2017
Cops in Venice have been ordered to take no risks - and fire on suspected terrorists(Image: The Image Bank)
Venice's right-wing mayor has orderedcopsto shoot ANYONE who shouts 'Allahu Akbar' - rather than risk a terror attack. The phrase in Arabic for 'God is greatest' has been shouted in multiple terrorist incidents across the continent.
The Times reports that Italian mayor Luigi Brugnaro claimed that his city Venice was safer than Barcelona - where 14 people died being run down by a van last week.Speaking at a conference in Rimini, north east Italy, he further revealed the extraordinary order he has given to armed police at one of the most popular tourist attractions in Europe.
Brugnaro was applauded by delegates when he said: “In contrast with Barcelona, where they had not set up protection, we keep our guard up.
Luigi Brugnaro claimed Venice was safer than Barcelona(Image: Getty Images Europe)
Venice arrested terror suspects in March over an alleged plan to slaughter holidaymakers(Image: Birmingham Mail)
“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)."
He went on to recall the arrest in March of four suspected jihadists who allegedly planned to kill hundreds of tourist 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."
His comments were ridiculed by a fellow mayor who ran up to him shouting: "Allahu Akbar!"(Image: Getty Images Europe)
Venice is a tourist hotspot - and the mayor is taking a firm line(Image: Moment RF)
Video has subsequently emerged of the left-wing mayor of Florence, Dario Nardella, rushing up to Brugnaro after the speach shouting "Allahu Akbar!" and laughing. He has since taken to Facebook to apologise for his actions.
Mr Nardella said: "I apologise for some comments in an online video. It was not my intention to offend anyone, not least the Muslim community, nor to joke about their religion or neither to reference the tragic events of our times. "In fact, during that video, I distance myself from the statement (made) by my colleague Brugnaro about Muslims during his speech at the Rimini meeting."
Last night Luigi Brugnaro added: "I have never been politically correct, in fact I am politically correct and that’s why we also need a naval blockade against people coming into Italy from north Africa."
Mourners stand near flowers, candles and tributes to the victims of the Barcelona attack(Image: AFP or licensors) The phrase is first believed to have been used by the Prophet Muhammad in the 7th century before going into battle.It first resurfaced in connection with modern atrocities in notes made by the 9/11 ringleader Mohamed Atta found after the attack on the World Trade Center.
He wrote: “Shout ‘Allahu Akbar’ because this strikes fear in the hearts of the non-believers.”
The phrase was used as inspiration by the killers of Lee Rigby in London and witnesses reported hearing the attackers at the Bataclan in Paris shouting out the phrase.Nobody from the Venice police department has commented.
Maulana Rockullah's Expert comment: I guess people know that Italy is suffering heavily from illegal North African immigrants.Italy is trying to shoo off those immigrant filled boats but their own Human Rights activists are crying a lot and do randi rona. These Human Rights and LIberTURDS are really a bigger menace than terrorists themselves.Somehow some countries are trying to do something but Germany is destroying whole of EU.
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@roma : Adarniya Aunty Ji, Since you are in Italy what's your comment?
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Now ask your brothers to shout Allah Huu Akbar and get 72 yeard old hoor.They would relieve you.
In India we have Indian Army to relieve your jihadi brothers providing hoor delivery services.It's our duty.