In language that would make President Donald Trump blush, Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro has promised to shoot dead anyone who so much as shouts "Allahu Akbar."
Taking a hard line against radical Islamic terrorism in the wake of the fatal Barcelona attack earlier this month, Mayor Brugnaro proclaimed that those who wish to kill innocents in the name of Islam will be sent "straight to Allah before they can do any damage."
“In contrast with Barcelona, where they had not set up protection, we keep our guard up,” Burgnaro told reporters, according to The Times. “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).”
Though Brugnaro has been mocked by other Italian officials for his blunt message, the mayor seems unfazed, touting his record of keeping his citizens safe.
“In Venice, we arrested four terrorists who wanted to blow up the Rialto bridge, saying they wanted to go to Allah," said Brugnaro, speaking of the arrests that took place in March. "But we’ll send them straight to Allah before they can do any damage."
As noted by The Daily Caller, "Mayor Dario Nardella of Florence mocked Brugnaro immediately after the speech and ran up to him shouting ‘Allahu Akbar,’ while [Mayor Andrea Gnassi of Rimini] took to Facebook to suggest that he could not understand Brugnaro’s remarks because of his Venetian dialect."
Brugnaro remained undeterred. “I have never been politically correct, I am incorrect,” he replied. “I would shoot, we would shoot ... if you want to kill me, maybe I will defend myself.”