The mayor of Venice, Italy, announced last week that anyone who shouts “allahu akbar” in the city’s St. Mark’s Square will be shot, The Times reported.
While speaking at a conference in Rimini following the recent terrorist attack in Barcelona, Spain, Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro said that the square will stay safe because anyone who shouts the phrase will be shot.
“In contrast with Barcelona, where they had not set up protection, we keep our guard up,” Brugnaro said, according to The Times. “If anyone runs into St. Mark’s Square shouting ‘Allahu akbar,’ 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].”
“We need to increase our security when it comes to terrorism,” Brugnaro said, according to The Sun. “We had four would-be terrorists arrested in Venice a few months ago who wanted to blow up the Rialto bridge.”
“They said they wanted to go and meet Allah so we will send them straight to Allah without having to throw them off the bridge, we will just shoot them,” he added.
Security in Venice is ramping up as the city prepares for the Venice Film Festival beginning August 30.