Venice Mayor Means Business: ‘Anyone Shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ in St. Mark’s Square Can Expect to Be Shot’

Venice Mayor Means Business: ‘Anyone Shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ in St. Mark’s Square Can Expect to Be Shot’

Mayor of Venice, Luigi Brugnaro, has brought on another media controversy after releasing a statement that essentially says if there is anyone who shouts “Allahu Akbar” in the city’s most illustrious tourist area, that person can be expected to be shot.

The Venice mayor made the call about the security of the area on Wednesday and also called for better safeguards to prevent the possibility of terrorist attacks in the northern Italian city which can easily pull in millions of visitors per year.

Mayor Brugnaro wasn’t messing around when he stoically said: “We have to fight terrorism in Italy and raise the security precautions here.”

He also said: “If someone runs in the square and shouts ‘Allahu Akbar’, he will be immediately shot. If you want to kill me, I will defend myself and in Venice we defend ourselves.”

He then reminded the media that they had defeated a terror plot in March when they unconcealed that three Islamic extremists were planning to randomly attack locals and tourists at the famous Rialto bridge by planting explosives.

From Breitbart:

Police had wiretapped the three extremists involved in the plot and caught one saying: “With all the unbelievers there are in Venice, you put a bomb under the Rialto and you go straight to heaven.”

The city is also ramping up security for the 74th annual Venice film festival which will take place at the end of the month. Police stated that they will be using checkpoints and blocking the path of most vehicles to prevent a similar attack to Barcelona or Nice. Bomb-sniffing dogs will also be present as well as rooftop snipers and divers in the canal water around the event.

Mayor Brugnarow was a mayor that ran as an independent candidate and he is no stranger to controversy in the past. In 2015, he had a hot argument with British musician Elton John after he swore that there would be no pride parades in Venice.

“There will never be a Gay Pride [parade] in my city. Let them go and do it in Milan, or in front of their own homes.”

This guy ain’t joking around. He means business.

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