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PM statement on the New Zealand attack: 15 March 2019

16 March 2019

Meanwhile, outside the court, major roads in the city center are cordoned off with heavy armed police officers on duty.

ASSOCIATED PRESSA men places flowers at a makeshift memorial near the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. The inverse of this phenomenon is, of course, that it gives oxygen to the propaganda machine of radical fringe elements spreading hatred against the West and religious minorities in Muslim countries, thus perpetuating an unending cycle of hate.

Before Friday's shootings in the city of Christchurch, the deadliest attack in the South Pacific country was in 1990, when a person went on a shooting spree in the seaside town of Aramoana that left 13 people dead.

Authorities have not specified who they detained, but said none had been on any watch list.

"We have some politicians who have continued to debate whether we should use the term Islamophobia and at the same time engaging in anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim fear mongering", he added.

Hundreds of angry protesters in Dhaka, Bangladesh's capital, chanted "Allahu akbar!"

He said he grew up in a working-class Australian family, had a typical childhood and was a poor student.

"Personally, I would be surprised if the New Zealand Parliament didn't accept that challenge head-on to strengthen the law".

When asked what he thought of the prime minister suggesting there should be a change in New Zealand's gun laws, the police commissioner said he was "happy to hear" that.

There will likely be additional charges, reported CBC News, but the police have yet to release details of what they may be. Last year, the prime minister announced the country would boost its annual refugee quota from 1,000 to 1,500 starting in 2020. They are us. The perpetrator is not.

Service at a mosque in Gibsonia
Service at a mosque in Gibsonia

"We pray that people understand that differences should not be resolved through violence". As New Zealand has stood by us so we stand shoulder to shoulder with them, and with Muslims in New Zealand, here in the United Kingdom and around the world.

Speaking in Sydney, Australian prime minister Scott Morrison described the gunman as "an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist".

Britain's Queen Elizabeth, who is New Zealand's head of state, said she was "deeply saddened by the appalling events".

"He used to tell us life was good in New Zealand and its people are good and welcoming".

One global survey conducted in 2018 placed New Zealand as the world's safest country.

"We must get back to work once again to explain, to tell these extremists of all stripes who politicize religion, like extremists who use race as a basis for discrimination, that we must change", Benabdallah said.

While the mass shooting was meant to sow fear and division, President Gertler said, "we hope that ultimately those responsible will fail, utterly, in their vicious pursuit".

The Palestinian chief peace negotiator, Saeb Erekat, called the attack a "consequence of racist ideologies that continue trying to promote religious wars".

"People started to pass by us with blood stains on their clothes, they were very scared and their voices were trembling, some people could not even speak", restaurant manager Prakash Sapkota, who was near the mosques, told Euronews.

Canadian Muslims were targeted in a terrorist attack in January 2017 when a gunman shot dead six worshippers and injured 19 others at a Quebec City mosque. They included a two-year-old boy and a four-year-old girl, who is in critical condition.

PM statement on the New Zealand attack: 15 March 2019