The mayor of the second largest city in the Netherlands said Muslim immigrants need to accept Western values or go back to wherever they came from.
And as a Muslim himself, Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb told CNN International his faith gives him “the additional authority to say such things.”
This is not the first time Aboutaleb has offended local jihadists.
After the horrific attack on the Paris offices of the Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper, Aboutaleb lashed out at Muslims, telling them “if you do not like it here because humorists you do not like make a newspaper, may I then say you can f*ck off.”
“Vanish from the Netherlands if you cannot find your place here,” he added.
It was a message he repeated Wednesday during the CNN interview.
“The Dutch constitution, but also the Dutch society, is constructed [on a] very, very interesting basic value, and that is tolerance and acceptance,” Aboutaleb told CNN anchor Michael Holmes. “So the moment you come to the Netherlands, wherever, from all over the world, and you get a citizenship, then you have to at least underline and embrace the constitution and the values of the country.”
Holmes asked Aboutaleb if it’s “a little superficial” to tell people to leave.
“It’s a free choice: Be with us, work with us together to construct a ‘we’ society,” he said. “But if you want to send out of the ‘we’ community, you threaten us, you go to Yemen to learn how to use a Kalashnikov and to come back to citizen society, well, you are not part of my ‘we’ society. You’d better leave.”
That may be too heavy a dose of common sense for your average 7th century barbarian.
Watch the full exchange here via CNN:
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