‘Leave Muslims alone’: Paris hostage taker’s attempt to justify attacks ‘taped’ by media
RT: January 11, 2015
An argument between the slain gunman Amedy Coulibaly and hostages at the Paris kosher store was unwittingly recorded by French radio station RTL. The media released what it says was Coulibaly speaking on the West’s “attack on Muslims.”
“Leave the Muslims alone, we will leave you alone,” the man believed to be the 32-year-old gunman can be heard as saying in fluent French on an audio clip released by RTL.
The media says it was able to record the conversation after Coulibaly failed to hang up the phone following a brief interview.
Coulibaly called his actions a revenge for the French military presence in Mali, Western intervention in Syria, airstrikes against the Islamic State, and the French law banning women from wearing the hijab in public.
“Each time, they try to make you believe that the Muslims are terrorists. But I was born in France. If they hadn’t attacked elsewhere, I would not be here,” Coulibaly allegedly told the hostages at the kosher market on Friday.
The gunman argued with the hostages and blamed them for implicitly supporting the French government by “paying taxes” and not standing up to French politicians demanding they “leave the Muslims alone.”
One of the hostages replied: “But we have to pay.” That was followed by a surprised response: “What? We don’t have to. I don’t pay my taxes!”
“When I pay my taxes, it’s for the highways, schools,” another voice could be heard saying.
Coulibaly replied: “Everyone could get together. If they could get together for Charlie Hebdo … they could do the same thing for us and get together for us.”
(read the full article at RT)