‘China condemns this incident. We express our condolences to the victims and sincere sympathy to the bereaved families and the injured.’
On March 15th, President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang sent messages of condolences to New Zealand Governor-General Patsy Reddy and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern respectively, expressing deep condolences to the victims and sincere sympathy to the bereaved families and the injured, and wishing the injured an early recovery. State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi also expressed condolences to New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters.
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang’s Remarks on the Shootings in the New Zealand City of Christchurch – 15.3.2019
The White Supremacist (and Christian extremist) Brenton Tarrant (born in Australia), is a fervent member of the political far-right, and a stringent supporter of the equally rightwing President Donald Trump and his openly racist, discriminative and intolerant policies. Indeed, although the British fascist leader Oswald Mosley is mentioned as an inspiration, it is the antics of Donald Trump in the USA that led directly to Brenton Tarrant’s attack upon New Zealand’s Muslim community. This is evidenced in his rambling 74-page political ‘manifesto’ published online, which lays-out Tarrant’s Hitlerite ambitions for the world. In it he blames Indians, Turks and Chinese people for spreading across the world and spreading their inferior genetics, cultures, religions and political views, which, he says, has the effect of ‘watering-down’ the strength and natural superiority of the White race. At the same time, listening to US anti-China propaganda, Tarrant suggests that he agrees with Chinese culture ‘being for the Chinese only’, obviously not realising that there are at least 56 recognised ethnic groups in China, which incidentally contains a vibrant Chinese Muslim population. A UN delegation recently visited Xinjiang (in Northwest China) and confirmed that the Chinese Muslims living there, are free and well looked after by the Chinese State – with US and British assertions of alleged ‘Concentration Camps’ being declared nothing but malicious myths. Indeed, the Taiwan produced Chinese-language Wikipedia page maintains a pro-US bias and fails to mention Donald Trump at all!
Brenton Tarrant was motivated by Islamophobia and single-handedly attacked two Islamic places of worship (Donald Trump was so concerned for being the inspiration for these attacks that he rather laughingly tried to blame China for the murders!). As Friday is the Islamic Sabbath, Tarrant chose March the 15th to launch his murderous attack. He first targetted the Al Noor Mosque in the suburb of Riccarton, livestreaming on Facebook his leisurely drive to the place (assisted by GPS), in a car packed full of semi-automatic assault rifles, shotguns and various handguns, etc. The Facebook video lasted 17 minutes, with Facebook refusing to interrupt the feed or stop access to the video despite hundreds of complaints as the murders were being carried-out. Tarrant did not – or was unable – to video his second attack later that day. As he drove to the target he played the marching song associated with the British Grenadiers, and a racist Serbian song. He muttered to himself all through the preparations to the thousands of rightwing followers he had amassed on Facebook, and is obviously intellectually deficient (as are many on the far-right). Parking his car in a quiet side road, he entered the car-park of the road with his semi-automatic weapon raised and ready to use. He first shot dead the three people who greeted him at the door and stepping over their bodies, executed those caught in the corridor. He entered the large prayer room where many people had gathered along the side of the walls for safety, and loaded clip after clip first into the living, conscious mass of terrified humanity, and then into their dead and wounded bodies. He then went back outside and opened fire on the public street hitting people heading to or away from the mosque. A Muslim women was lying on the side of the road begging for help, when Tarrant shot her in the back of the head. He then re-entered the mosque (and the main prayer room) and started firing more rounds into the bodies, obviously killing some people who had survived the initial shooting. At one point a Muslim man named Mian Naeem Rashid ran at Tarrant in an attempt to disarm him, but was fatally shot and later died in hospital.
Brenton Tarrant killed 42 people at the Al Noor Mosque. The video shows him exiting to his car and dropping his gun to ground where he re-armed himself from the ample supplies in the boot. He headed to his next target – the nearby Linwood Islamic Centre. He arrived at Linwood at 1:55pm but had trouble finding the frontdoor to the mosque. He killed people outside – the noise of which alerted the worshippers inside. Although Tarrant shot through the window and killed people inside, he failed to gain a proper entry and was beaten-back by the bravery of one Abdul Aziz Wahabzadah – who caused Tarrant to retreat to his car and eventually give-up the attack. At the Linwood Islamic Centre Tarrant did not film the attack – but a survivor inside the mosque did record a short but poignant video which showed the bodies and the shock amongst the people! Tarrant killed 7 people at this place before driving off and being apprehended by the police not long after. With another person later dying in hospital, Brenton Tarrant killed 50 and wounded 50 others. He was heading to a third target – the mosque in Ashburton or the An-Nur Child Care Centre in Hornby – when police rammed his car and arrested him at gun-point. His 17 minute Facebook video has gone viral and has been shared around rightwing and far-rightwing websites the world over, despite the New Zealand Government taking measures to delete or block access to all copies. In the US the video is used amongst racist groups as an example of ‘heroic’ White Supremacy and of how the White race should fight-back against what it perceives to be a ‘foreign’ invasion, etc.
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