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NEW ZEALAND ATTACK New Zealand gun lobby backs ban after Christchurch mosques attack

New Zealand will crack down on firearms ownership this week after the Christchurch mosques massacre that killed 50 people. In stark contrast to the United States, where even the most minor curbs on gun ownership meet ferocious opposition led by the National Rifle Association, New Zealand gun owners agree action is needed. “We want to support our government in any changes to prevent ... Read More »

Why did New Zealand intelligence fail to catch attack suspect?

Massacre of 50 Muslims prompts conversations about alt-right, spies and Islamophobia in New Zealand and elsewhere. For authorities seeking to shut down vitriolic narratives, the shift in white supremacists’ approach means authorities often struggle to identify where legitimate threats come from [AFP] Christchurch, New Zealand – A week of national mourning, new gun-control laws and emphatic declarations of “This is not us” ... Read More »

‘New Zealand cares’: Thousands attend Christchurch attack vigil

Christchurch, New Zealand – Thousands of New Zealanders have attended a mass vigil in Christchurch to mourn the 50 Muslims killed in an attack on two mosques. Nearly 40,000 people filled Christchurch’s Hagley Park on Saturday evening, according to local officials, almost 10 days after a suspected white supremacist attacked the Al Noor and Linwood mosques. The March 15 massacre marked the worst mass shooting in ... Read More »

Hearing Adhan for First Time, New Zealanders Share Their Experience

Fri 22 March 2019 – 15:15 CHRISTCHURCH – With many of them hearing the Muslim call to prayer, or adhan, for the first time, many New Zealanders have rushed to social media to share their reflections and express solidarity with Muslims, the Muslim Vibe reported. “Today’s call to prayer was deeply moving. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to hear the ... Read More »

Christchurch holds public call to prayer at site of mosque attack

Christchurch, New Zealand – A nationwide moment of silence was observed in New Zealand on Friday – ushered in by the Muslim call to prayer – a weekafter 50 people were killed and scores of others wounded in an attack on two mosques. The prayer and two-minute reflection were broadcast live on national media outlets and came as an estimated 20,000 people, ... Read More »

New Zealand mourns mosque attack victims in national day of reflection

(CNN)New Zealand came together in a national day of reflection Friday to mark a week since the mass shootings at two Christchurch mosques that killed 50 people. The Muslim Call to Prayer was broadcast on national television at 1:30 p.m. local time, followed by two minutes of silence to remember those who lost their lives in the terrorist attack. At almost the ... Read More »

New Zealand women wear headscarves in solidarity with Muslims after Christchurch shootings

Women across New Zealand have worn headscarves to show solidarity with Muslims a week after 50 people were killed at two mosques in Christchurch. Auckland doctor Thaya Ashman came up with the idea to encourage people to wear a headscarf after hearing about a woman who was too scared to go out because she felt her headscarf would make her ... Read More »

New Zealand PM: Dozens killed in ‘terrorist’ attack on mosques

Gunmen kill at least 49 people during Friday prayers at two mosques in Christchurch in the country’s worst ever attack. At least 49 people have been killed and 20 others wounded in shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, after a gunman opened indiscriminate fire at worshippers, some as they were kneeling at prayer. The mosques targeted in Friday’s attack, the worst ... Read More »

New Zealand mosque attacks and the scourge of white supremacy

Shootings at Christchurch mosques are only the latest on a long list of acts of white supremacist terrorism in the West. Ambulance staff take a man from outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, March 15, 2019 [Mark Baker/AP] Today’s New Zealand mosque shootings, which killed at least 49 people and were allegedly carried out by white supremacists, are only the ... Read More »

Austria closes mosques, expels Islamic leaders

Austria’s government said Friday that it is closing seven mosques and plans to expel imams in a crackdown on “political Islam” and foreign financing of religious groups. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said the government is shutting a hardline Turkish nationalist mosque in Vienna and dissolving a group called the Arab Religious Community that runs six mosques. The actions by the government ... Read More »