Survivors tell of Christchurch mosque massacres terror

Martin Hunter

In fact, right now, I'm sure New Zealand would like me to share a message on their behalf too.

Shattered vehicle window following a shooting at the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 15, 2019.

The first minister was among a number of Scottish politicians reacting to the shootings and offering condolences.

At least 49 people were killed in the attacks on two mosques, which took place on Friday morning. "People, they're just sitting in front of their phones and computers and just mourning".

Meanwhile, Bob McKenzie, of the New America thinktank and director of its Muslim Diaspora Initiative, said it should be pointed out in light of the attacks in New Zealand that his group has recorded a significant increase in anti-Muslim activities in America since late 2015, tracked in its specialist database.

"They are a valued part of our diverse and multicultural society". "The person who has perpetuated this violence against us is not".

There could be no more perplexing a setting for a mass slaughter than New Zealand, a nation so placid and so isolated from the mass shootings that plague the USA that even police officers rarely carry guns.

His behaviour hearkens back to an imperialist past where white people travelled to distant shores in modern New Zealand and Australia all the way from Europe to perpetrate genocide against indigenous populations and then claim the land for themselves. The US stands by New Zealand for anything we can do.

Shocked family outside the mosque after the attack. They are us. The perpetrator is not.

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It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack.

"In the aftermath of this distressing tragedy, we must unite and work together to confront hatred. We don't need to be a community that's living in perpetual fear or despair".

Holyrood's Presiding Officer, Ken Macintosh, indicated that the parliament would be flying flags at half-mast following the attacks as a mark of respect.

Wales rugby captain Alun Wyn Jones, said: "On behalf of the Welsh Rugby Union players and staff we pass our respects to everyone affected with events that have gone on in New Zealand".

Police and ambulance staff help a wounded man from outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 15.

Those who would like to attend should gather at the steps at the top of Buchanan Street at 17:00. As the rest of us prepare to undertake our own Friday prayers today, we do so with the anxiety as to whether our mosques and communities are safe in the face of unabated Islamophobia and hostility against Muslims. Asked about possible impeachment in a December interview with Reuters, he said, "I think that the people would revolt if that happened". While Daesh and even Al Qaeda are often quite intelligent in how they hide and transfer money across borders, Tarrant specifically mentions raising funds by way of Bitconnect, a digital coin that ironically is not designed for privacy and security.

Image copyright Shetland Islands Council Image caption The Shetland flag is flying at half mast above Lerwick's town hall.

"Fortunately, the vast majority of New Zealanders never feel the threat of illegal firearms in their neighbourhood [sic]", then-assistant police commissioner Malcolm Burgess said in 2014. Members of the Bangladesh national cricket team, in Christchurch for a match against New Zealand, had arrived for Friday prayers as the shooting started but were not hurt.

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