Microblogging website Twitter on Thursday deleted a tweet of former Malaysian prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad that said that “Muslims had the right to be angry and kill millions of French people for the massacres of the past”.
Twitter deleted Mahathir Mohamad tweet which was part of a thread created by the former Malaysian prime minister on the blasphemous caricatures.
According to Al Jazeera, Twitter had initially flagged Mahathir’s tweet about killing “millions of French people” as “glorifying violence” and later removed it from the thread.
Mahathir tweeted on Thursday that Muslims had a right “to kill millions of French people” after a deadly attack in Nice, sparking widespread anger and prompting Twitter to delete his post.
Three people were killed at a church in the southern French city, with the attacker slitting the throat of at least one, in what authorities were treating as the latest extremist assault to rock the country.
Shortly afterwards, Mahathir launched an extraordinary outburst in a series of tweets.
Twitter told AFP that the tweet was deleted because the comments “violated policy regarding glorification of violence.”
Mahathir, however, never made a direct reference to the attack in Nice.
Referring to the beheading of a French teacher who had shown blasphemous cartoons, Mahathir said he did not approve of his murder but that freedom of expression does not include “insulting other people”.
“Irrespective of the religion professed, angry people kill,” said the outspoken 95-year-old Malaysian leader.
“The French in the course of their history has killed millions of people. Many were Muslims. Muslims have a right to be angry and to kill millions of French people for the massacres of the past.”
But he added that “by and large the Muslims have not applied the ‘eye for an eye’ law. Muslims don’t. The French shouldn’t.”
Mahathir, who served as Malaysian premier twice for a total of 24 years, also said French President Emmanuel Macron was “not showing that he is civilised”, and added that he was “very primitive”.
“The French should teach their people to respect other people´s feelings. Since you have blamed all Muslims and the Muslims’ religion for what was done by one angry person, the Muslims have a right to punish the French.