Political and Islamic leaders expressed their disgust on the lethal taking pictures at two mosques in New Zealand on Friday, with some citing rising “Islamophobia” as being accountable.
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, the pinnacle of state of New Zealand, mentioned she was deeply saddened by the shootings in Christchurch which killed at the very least 49 folks.
“I’ve been deeply saddened by the appalling occasions in Christchurch at present. Prince Philip and I ship our condolences to the households and pals of those that have misplaced their lives,” the queen mentioned in a press release.
“I additionally pay tribute to the emergency companies and volunteers who’re offering assist to those that have been injured. At this tragic time, my ideas and prayers are with all New Zealanders.”
As governments in Asia and the Center East scrambled to learn the way lots of their residents had been caught up within the Christchurch bloodshed, there was additionally anger that the attackers focused worshippers at Friday prayers.
“I blame these growing terror assaults on the present Islamophobia post-9/11 (the place) 1.three billion Muslims have collectively been blamed for any act of terror,” Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan posted on social media.
Turkish Overseas Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu mentioned the assault was a deliberate demonizing of Muslim political struggles.
“Not solely the perpetrators, but in addition politicians & media that gas the already escalated Islamophobia and hate within the West, are equally liable for this heinous assault,” he wrote on Twitter.
In Europe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel mentioned she was deeply saddened: “I mourn with the New Zealanders for his or her fellow residents who have been attacked and murdered out of racist hatred whereas peacefully praying of their mosques. We stand collectively towards such acts of terrorism.”
The European Fee mentioned: “This mindless act of brutality on harmless folks of their place of worship couldn’t be extra reverse to the values and the tradition of peace and unity that the European Union shares with New Zealand.”
Sadiq Khan, the primary Muslim mayor of London, mentioned Londoners stood shoulder to shoulder with the folks of Christchurch.
“When the flames of hatred are fanned, when persons are demonised due to their religion, when folks’s fears are performed on moderately than addressed, the results are lethal as we now have seen so sadly at present,” he mentioned.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned the assault on Twitter, saying Canadians “be a part of New Zealanders and Muslim communities around the globe in grieving.”
U.S. President Donald Trump additionally commented on the assault, saying “49 harmless folks senselessly died.”
Norwegian Prime Mininster Erna Solberg mentioned the assault introduced again reminiscences of 2011 in her nation when anti-Muslim extremist Anders Breivik killed 77 folks: “It exhibits that extremism is nurtured and that it lives in lots of locations.”
Extra needed to be completed to advertise the co-existence of various religions and cultures, the college mentioned.
It was a sentiment echoed by United Arab Emirates Overseas Minister Anwar Gargash.
“Our collective work towards violence and hate should proceed with renewed vigor,” he mentioned.
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New Zealand police mentioned 49 folks have been killed. Three males and one lady have been in custody and one man had been charged with homicide.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern mentioned a few of the victims could have been new immigrants and refugees.
“They’re us. The one that has perpetuated this violence towards us is just not. They don’t have any place in New Zealand,” she mentioned.
A metropolis of about 400,000 folks, Christchurch has a small Islamic group, together with abroad college students.
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Indonesia’s ambassador to New Zealand, Tantowi Yahya, informed Reuters six Indonesians had been inside one of many mosques when the assault occurred, with three managing to flee and three unaccounted for.
There are 331 Indonesians in Christchurch, together with 134 college students, the overseas ministry mentioned.
“Indonesia strongly condemns this taking pictures act, particularly at a spot of worship whereas a Friday prayer was ongoing,” Overseas Minister Retno Marsudi mentioned in a press release.
Afghanistan’s ambassador to Australia, New Zealand and Fiji, Wahidullah Waissi, mentioned on Twitter three Afghans had been wounded.
Two Malaysians have been additionally wounded within the assault, its overseas ministry mentioned.
Bangladeshi Minister of State for Overseas Affairs Shahriar Alam mentioned it was “extraordinarily fortunate” the nation’s cricket staff, in Christchurch for a match towards New Zealand, didn’t endure casualties. The gamers arrived for Friday prayers because the taking pictures began.
“I can’t even think about what would have occurred in the event that they have been there 5 minutes earlier,” he mentioned on social media.
Tons of of indignant protesters in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital, chanted Allahu akbar (God is Best) after Friday prayers.
“We is not going to let the blood of Muslims go in useless,” mentioned one protester.
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Extraordinary folks expressed their horror a few reside, point-of-view video posted on-line displaying a gunman killing any individual he got here throughout in a mosque together with his semi-automatic assault rifle.
New Zealand police confirmed it had been posted by a shooter concerned within the assault.
“Feeling very sick, that individual is brainless and a savage,” mentioned one Indonesian twitter person who recognized himself as Farhan Adhitama.
Others complained that authorities and the media have been sluggish to label the perpetrators as “terrorists.”
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“It is a terrorist act. Come on now,” Aszafirah Zafyrah posted on Fb in Singapore.
“Why is it not referred to as terrorism when Muslims are killed,” mentioned Mohammad Hanif, a authorities worker in Dhaka. “You ought to be truthful sufficient to name it so.”
By Friday afternoon, Ardern mentioned the incident was a “terrorist” assault.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison mentioned the Australian nationwide arrested after the assault was an “extremist, proper wing violent terrorist.”