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Excerpt: "The Australian-born suspect who shot dead dozens of Muslim worshippers in Christchurch, New Zealand, has published a manifesto praising US President Donald Trump and Anders Breivik, the Norwegian white supremacist who murdered 77 people in Norway in 2011."

People stand across the road from a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand. (photo: Mark Baker/AP)
People stand across the road from a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand. (photo: Mark Baker/AP)


New Zealand Mosques' Attack Suspect Praised Trump in Manifesto

By Al Jazeera

15 March 19


A suspected gunman behind the Christchurch attacks has dubbed the US president as 'a symbol of renewed white identity'.

he Australian-born suspect who shot dead dozens of Muslim worshippers in Christchurch, New Zealand, has published a manifesto praising US President Donald Trump and Anders Breivik, the Norwegian white supremacist who murdered 77 people in Norway in 2011.

The 74-page dossier, which has been described by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison as a "work of hate", hailed Trump as "a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose".

The 28-year-old, who is now in police custody, also claimed that he had "brief contact" with Breivik and had received a "blessing" for his actions from the mass murderer's acquaintances.

The dossier stated objections to immigration and multiculturalism, and decries the "decaying" culture of the white, European, Western world.

Earlier on Friday, at least 49 people were killed and 20 others seriously wounded in shootings at two mosques in Christchurch in the worst attack in the Pacific country's history.

The majority of the victims were shot at the Al Noor Mosque, while the rest were killed at another mosque in suburban Linwood.

The Muslim worshippers had congregated for Friday prayers, Islam's holy day of the week.

Trump, whose rhetoric is sometimes aligned with the far-right in the US, condemned the "horrible massacre" in a post on Twitter. 

"My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the horrible massacre in the mosques. 49 innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured. The US stands by New Zealand for anything we can do," he wrote. 

Moments before, his spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said: "We stand in solidarity with the people of New Zealand and their government against this vicious act of hate."

"The United States strongly condemns the attack in Christchurch. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families," she added.

Jacinda Ardern, prime minister of New Zealand, described the shootings as a "well-planned terrorist attack", and said this is one of the country's "darkest days".

In addition to the Australian-born man, three other suspects, including a woman, have been arrested, according to Mike Bush, New Zealand's police commissioner.

Live stream

The main suspect also live broadcasted his rampage on social media.

The New Zealand government said it could be illegal to share the video, which showed the gunman repeatedly shooting at worshippers from close range.

The Facebook Live video, taken with a camera that appeared to be mounted on the gunman's body, shows a clean-shaven, Caucasian man with short hair driving to the Masjid al Noor mosque.

He enters the building and fires repeatedly at worshippers as he moves from room to room.

AFP determined the video was genuine through a digital investigation that included matching screenshots of the mosque taken from the gunman's footage with images available online showing the same areas.

In the video, the shooter parks his car next to the mosque and gets out of the vehicle with a rifle. He slowly goes to the boot of his car and retrieves another firearm.

He then walks into the compound of the mosque and fires at a person standing near the doorway before dropping the rifle and shooting repeatedly with the second weapon as he moves inside.

The gunman fires dozens of bullets at people trying to run away or lying down in huddled groups in corners of the rooms.

The framing of the video, which shows only the gunman's hands holding the gun as he shoots and reloads, is eerily similar to the style of a first-person shooter video game.

The Facebook account that posted the video was no longer available shortly after the shooting. The Twitter account of the same name was quickly suspended.

"Police alerted us to a video on Facebook shortly after the livestream commenced and we quickly removed both the shooter's Facebook and Instagram accounts and the video," Facebook said in a tweet.

"We're also removing any praise or support for the crime and the shooter or shooters as soon as we're aware."

'Disgusting'

A spokesman for New Zealand's interior ministry said the video is likely to be classified as objectionable content under local law, and could be illegal to share.

"The content of the video is disturbing and will be harmful for people to see," he said. "This is a very real tragedy with real victims and we strongly encourage people to not share or view the video."

In the aftermath of the shooting attacks, Australian senator Fraser Anning published a statement where he blamed immigration and Muslims.

"The real cause of bloodshed on New Zealand streets today is the immigration program which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place," Anning said.

"The truth is that Islam is not like any other faith. It is the religious equivalent of fascism. And just because the followers of this savage belief were not the killers in this instance, does not make them blameless."

The Queensland senator's comments were condemned by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who expressed his repulsion.

"The remarks by Senator Fraser Anning in blaming the murderous attacks by a violent, right-wing, extremist terrorist in New Zealand on immigration are disgusting," Morrison said on Twitter.

"Those views have no place in Australia, let alone the Australian Parliament."

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+10 # WIlhelmscream2 2019-03-15 15:34
Can that be used against Trump to impeach that racist?
 
 
+16 # BetaTheta 2019-03-15 16:01
Trump must be proud to be such an inspiration to passionate young people.
 
 
-13 # Depressionborn 2019-03-15 21:26
Violence is once again being used to manipulate public opinion and sow more violence across the planet. The New Zealand shooter who is being dishonestly described by the lying media as a "white supremacist" turns out to actually be a self-described "eco-fascist" and advocate of Communist China.

His rambling manifesto, which is quickly being censored everywhere online, openly admits he chose to use guns in order to try to spark a civil war in the United States by dividing the nation. The unethical media went right along with it, amplifying the shooter's twisted message by blaming law-abiding gun owners and American conservatives who had nothing at all to do with the violence
 
 
+3 # DongiC 2019-03-17 05:46
And, Depressionborn, we hardly have a problem here in the United States with terrorism and guns and mass shootings. Florida, S. Carolina, Pennsylvania, Nevada, California, Connecticut, Virginia, Colorado, et al were merely overreacting to various incidents that the press hyped up. Manipulation, yeah, that's what it is all about. Does that apply to you and your fantasy world, Depressionborn?
 
 
+5 # krallison 2019-03-15 22:12
Trump and Breivik really do belong in the same jail cell
 
 
+2 # Enoch E Birch 2019-03-16 06:33
Ask Trump whether the phrase he uses to hang his sympathy on, "the people of New Zealand" includes the Muslims specifically included by New Zealand's own Prime Minister. I hope this doesn't sound cynical, but I live in a country where less than 40% of the electorate are referred to as "the People of Britain" on whose behalf its government claims to be bound to act.
 
 
+6 # Ralph 2019-03-16 06:42
What I find truly revolting is how these right wing fascists and terrorists can troll the internet with impunity, spreading their propaganda and hate. It's high time we shut down 4chan and 8chan and relegate them to the dark web, where they belong. Facebook should be heavily fined until they permanently ban anyone who shared or posted this video.

Freedom of speech is not the right to yell "fire" in a crowded theater. Worse yet, not only are they yelling fire, they are openly plotting ways to burn the theater down when it is filled with innocent people.

Right wing fascism and terrorism is recruiting and growing daily. We need to take some real steps to combat this vermin.
 
 
+4 # economagic 2019-03-16 07:27
"My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the horrible massacre in the mosques. 49 innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured. The US stands by New Zealand for anything we can do," [Trump] wrote.

And that is a bare-faced lie, directly contradicted by his words and actions in numerous instances over the past three (sic) years.
 
 
+3 # Moxa 2019-03-16 09:29
The Australian senator who blamed this massacre of Muslims on Muslims themselves, deserves some sort of mental derangement award. It strikes me he would blend in quite well within our own Congress.
 
 
+6 # Texas Aggie 2019-03-16 10:33
When actual racists claim that individual 1 is one of theirs, then when he claims not to be a racist, you have to wonder how the real self-identified racists could have gotten it so wrong. They are the experts in the game. They recognize one of their own. Could it be that individual 1 is lying about his racism?
 
 
-11 # Depressionborn 2019-03-16 12:43
No Tex, you are.

The man allegedly responsible for the mass shooting at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, wrote in his manifesto that the modern political system he most admired was that of communist China.
 
 
+4 # HarryP 2019-03-16 20:29
Depression:

So does Trump: A one-party state, with a ruler for life, a censored press and Internet, billionaires by the bushelful, no late night comedians making fun of the supreme leader - a beneficiary of nepotism, ethnically pure (beating up on the Uighur and other Muslims whose religion is well nigh illegal), supportive of North Vietnam....

What’s your point?
 
 
+3 # DongiC 2019-03-17 05:31
Is that Australian Senator applying for a position on Trump's inner team of advisors. Sounds like he is well qualified.
 

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