Rabat - Ahmed Aboutaleb, the Moroccan-born mayor of Rotterdam is reported to have said that Muslim immigrants who do not appreciate the way of life in Western civilizations can "f***off".
Rabat – Ahmed Aboutaleb, the Moroccan-born mayor of Rotterdam is reported to have said that Muslim immigrants who do not appreciate the way of life in Western civilizations can “f***off”.
According to the Daily Mail, Aboutaleb appeared on a live television in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris last week, saying that Muslims who ‘do not like freedom can pack your bags and leave.’
“It is incomprehensible that you can turn against freedom, 53-year-old Rotterdam Mayor Aboutaleb told Dutch current affairs program Nieuuwsur (Newshour).
“But if you don’t like freedom, for heaven’s sake pack your bags and leave,” he added.
Aboutaleb, who is the son of an imam in northern Morocco, arrived in the Netherlands at the age of 15. He was appointed mayor of Rotterdam in 2008.
“If you do not like it here because some humorists you don’t like are making a newspaper, may then I say you can f***off,” he said.
“Vanish from the Netherlands if you cannot find your place here. All those well-meaning Muslims here will now be stared at,” he added.
The Moroccan-born Mayor of the Netherlands’ second largest city is known for his straight forward views on Immigrants and integration.
Aboutaleb’s views were hailed by London Mayor Boris Johnson. He described him as his ‘hero’ and ‘straight to the point’.
“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,” Boris Johnson wrote in the Daily Telegraph.
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