40 years after escaping war, Afghan killed in Christchurch mosque
16 March, 2019, 15:41 | Author: Wade Massey
Hundreds of people gathered in Nathan Phillips Square Friday evening to remember the victims killed in shootings at two New Zealandmosques.
New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said authorities were investigating their ties to shootings that occurred as Muslims convened for Friday prayers, the busiest time for many mosques around the world. Children are among the 48 people being treated for gunshot wounds.
Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian citizen, appeared in a Christchurch District Court Saturday.
Ardern said 30 people were killed at the Al Noor mosque, the city's main mosque, and another 10 at a mosque in the suburb of Linwood. Neighboring Australia has virtually banned semi-automatic rifles from private ownership since a lone gunman killed 35 people with assault rifles in 1996. And a victim in one of the shootings died on the way to the hospital. The live-streamed massacre received a flurry of "likes" and positive comments from New Zealanders on the extremist website it was originally posted on. "I thought I'm gone as well". The suspect appeared to be a white supremacist motivated by US -based extremism, having posted a manifesto online declaring his hatred for Muslims and idolizing USA extremist movements.
The massacre rocked a small, peaceful nation where such events are extremely rare. The attack was the worst ever peacetime mass killing in New Zealand and the country raised its security threat level to the highest.
United Kingdom counter-terrorism chief Neil Basu has issued a statement insisting they are monitoring the "varied threats" Britain faces in light of the mosque killings, which New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has described as a "terrorist attack".
Calling it one of the darkest days in her country's history, Ms Ardern refused to accept it would change the character of a country that prides itself on peace, tolerance and has largely been untouched by global terror. "And those values, I can assure you, will not, and cannot, be shaken by this attack".
"He said the best place to pass away was during Friday prayers in a mosque".
YouTuber PewDiePie has responded to reports that a gunman involved in the New Zealand shootings made a reference to his name.
There are now four individuals who have been apprehended, but three are connected to this attack who are now in custody, one of which has publicly stated that they were Australian-born. He claimed to represent Europeans and whites in a battle against immigrants, people he repeatedly described as "invaders". Locals have formed circles, linking their arms around each others shoulders and singing waiata (Māori songs), laying bouquets of flowers handpicked from Christchurch gardens - hydrangeas, roses and lilies - and crying openly in public - a rarity in this country.
New Zealand is not at home with such bloodshed. He very much wished for his condolences to be passed on to New Zealand.
"That's a challenge that we will look to address in changing our laws", she said.
"For these people who are victims in these mosques - they are refugees, they are people who are from our migrant communities who've chosen to live in New Zealand, thinking they would find a safe place where they could be free in their religion and their culture".
Indonesia's President Joko Widodo condemned the attacks, in which an Indonesian father and son were among those wounded.
Gray's speculation was backed up by a rambling, hate-filled, manifesto Tarrant posted to social media ahead of the Christchurch killings.
Many also say they have been in touch with community leaders to express solidarity and provide reassurance that safety is a top concern in light of the attacks.
Mr Taylor, 27, left Aberdeen to travel to New Zealand as part of a trip to see more of the world. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube all said they had taken steps to remove copies of the videos. Versions of the video reportedly persisted on the sites for hours after the shootings.
During the Saturday morning hearing, a man who was not in court was charged with using writings to incite hatred against a race or ethnicity, but it was not clear if his case was related to the mosque attacks. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.
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