FRANCE – “JE SUIS CHARLIE” – ” If you do not like it here because some humorists you don’t like are making a newspaper, may I then say you can f— off!”, Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb of ROTTERDAM, THE NEW YORK POST (13|01|2015).
Dutch mayor to Muslim immigrants: If you don‘t like democracy, ‘f— off!’ THE NEW YORK POST (13|01|2015).
Embrace Western-style democracy — or “f— off!”
The Moroccan-born mayor of the Dutch city of Rotterdam has some tough love for his fellow Muslim immigrants who don’t like the freedoms and tolerance of their adopted countries.
“It is incomprehensible that you can turn against freedom,” Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb told Dutch news program “Newshour.”
“But if you don’t like freedom, for heaven’s sake pack your bags and leave. If you do not like it here because some humorists you don’t like are making a newspaper, may I then say you can f— off!”
Aboutaleb, 53, the son of a Moroccan imam who arrived in the Netherlands at age 15, spoke out in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris last week, The Daily Mail reported.
The former journalist, who was appointed mayor of the city of 610,000 in 2008, is known for his straight-shooting stance on integration.
“This is stupid, this is so incomprehensible. Vanish from the Netherlands if you cannot find your place here. All those well-meaning Muslims here will now be stared at,” Aboutaleb said.
And he won the enthusiastic backing of London Mayor Boris Johnson by blasting Muslims who move to the West but refuse to accept its way of life and resort to violence to vent their rage.
“That is the voice of the Enlightenment, of Voltaire,” Johnson wrote in The Telegraph.
“If we are going to win the struggle for the minds of these young people, then that is the kind of voice we need to hear — and it needs above all to be a Muslim voice,” said Johnson, calling his Dutch counterpart “my hero.”
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— Dutch mayor to Muslim immigrants: If you don‘t like democracy, ‘f— off!’ THE NEW YORK POST (13|01|2015).