|13th Mayor of Venice|
|Assumed office |
15 June 2015
|Preceded by||Giorgio Orsoni|
|Born||13 September 1961|
Luigi Brugnaro (13 September 1961) is an Italian conservative politician and entrepreneur who has been the Mayor of Venice, since taking office on 15 June 2015. Brugnaro ran for the office as an independent.
Brugnaro has attracted controversy via his banning of 49 books about discrimination and or homosexuality from the city's schools, including a French Book on gay parenting entitled "Jean Has Two Mums", and in declaring that there will be no gay pride parade in Venice. Germane to these actions and statements he has engaged in a series of verbal back and forths with the entertainer and activist Elton John, who maintains a home in the city.
On 24 August 2017 Mayor Luigi Brugnaro ordered Italian police to shoot anyone shouting "Allāhu akbar" on sight. In his statement, he said: "We need to increase our security when it comes to terrorism. 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."
In 2018 Brugnaro successfully spearheaded a drive to charge a fee to be applied to day visitors to Venice. The fee approved by the Italian Parliament will vary depending upon the time of year of one's visit. Brugnaro had said of the measure.."The tax will ...allow us to manage the city better and to keep it clean... and allow Venetians to live with more decorum"....
After a larger luxury passenger liner crashed into a cruise ship terminal in Venice during the first week of June, 2019 Brugnaro said "once again it shown that big ships cannot cross the Giudecca Canal".
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- Venice mayor: Anyone shouting 'Allahu akbar' in St Mark's Square will be shot, Independent, Jon Sharman, 24 Aug 2017
- Venice mayor: Anyone who shouts 'Allahu Akbar' will be shot, Fox News, 24 Aug 2017