‘Islamophobia, Racism’: Multiple Deaths During Mosque Attacks In New Zealand
Multiple people were shot dead in shootings at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch during Friday afternoon prayers.
The police have arrested one suspect but they are still tracing an active shooter. The police have also warned people to avoid all the mosques across the country.
The city is currently in lockdown.
Bangladesh cricket team, which is currently in New Zealand, “just escaped” as the mosque was near to where the team was scheduled to play the final test match of their tour of New Zealand.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said that it was “one of New Zealand’s darkest days” and called the attacks “an unprecedented act of violence”.
The person who has committed this violent act has no place here. To those in Christchurch; I encourage you to stay inside and follow the instructions of @nzpolice. The Police Commissioner will be making a public statement at 5pm. I will update everyone again later this evening.
— Jacinda Ardern (@jacindaardern) March 15, 2019
Speaking about the attacker’s motivation, she said the victims might include refugees and migrants.
“They are us but perpetrator has no place in New Zealand”.
The attacker has live-streamed the whole incident on Facebook.
People have condemned the incident and blamed politicians and media for fanning xenophobia and Islamophobia.
One social media user wrote: “How many more tragedies like Christchurch do we need before we recognise this is the inevitable consequence of Islamophobia, racism, race-baiting, fearmongering & demonising refugees & immigrants by politicians & Murdoch media. This is the human cost, we must learn from it.”
How many more tragedies like #Christchurch do we need before we recognize this is the inevitable consequence of Islamphobia, racism, race – baiting, fearmongering & demonising refugees & immigrants by politicians & Murdoch media. This is the human cost, we must learn from it.
— Kon Karapanagiotidis (@Kon__K) March 15, 2019
Wrestler Mustafa Ali said that this is the result of “hate propaganda” and urged that this should be stopped.
The violence and loss of human life from #christchurch mosque shooting is a horrific reminder of what hate propaganda can do.
Stop hate propaganda.
— ALI / Adeel Alam (@AliWWE) March 15, 2019
Another social media user pointed out that the attacker had posted pictures of his weapons days before the attack.
“Also posted several links to his manifesto – an anti-immigration and anti-Islam screed – an hour before the attack on 8Chan,” he said.
#ChristChurch attacker posted pictures on Twitter of his weapon and intention to attack days before the attack.
Also posted severals links to his manifesto – an anti-immigration and anti-Islam screed – an hour before the attack on 8Chan.
— Amarnath Amarasingam (@AmarAmarasingam) March 15, 2019
People have also urged news channels and others to not share the live footage of the incident.
“Don’t do it. Don’t share the #Christchurch footage. Don’t even go looking for the footage. Don’t disrespect the dignity of the victims and grief of their loved ones. Don’t give this horrific human, intent on murder and terror and destruction, what he wants. Don’t do it.”
Don't do it. Don't share the #Christchurch footage. Don't even go looking for the footage. Don't disrespect the dignity of the victims and grief of their loved ones. Don't give this horrific human, intent on murder and terror and destruction, what he wants. Don't do it.
— Anna Vidot (@AnnaVidot) March 15, 2019