World reacts with sadness and anger to New Zealand mosque attacks
LONDON (Reuters) – Leaders around the globe expressed disgust and sorrow on the killing of 49 other people in New Zealand mosques on Friday, attacks that many blamed at the demonization of Muslims.
Western leaders from Donald Trump to Angela Merkel expressed harmony with the folks of New Zealand, deploring what the White House known as a “vicious act of hate”. The reaction from some Muslim international locations went additional, blaming politicians and the media for stoking that hatred.
“I blame these increasing terror attacks on the current Islamophobia post-9/11 (where) 1.3 billion Muslims have collectively been blamed for any act of terror,” Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan wrote on social media.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu stated the assault was once a results of Muslims being demonized. “Not only the perpetrators, but also politicians & media that fuel the already escalated Islamophobia and hate in the West are equally responsible for this heinous attack,” he tweeted.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres reiterated “the urgency of working better together globally to counter Islamophobia and eliminate intolerance and violent extremism in all its forms,” a spokesman stated.
Hundreds of protesters within the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, chanted “Allahu akbar!” (God is Greatest) after Friday prayers.
“We will not let the blood of Muslims go in vain,” stated one protester. Members of the Bangladesh nationwide cricket crew, in Christchurch for a fit towards New Zealand, had arrived for Friday prayers because the capturing began however weren’t harm.
‘THEY ARE US’
New Zealand police stated 49 other people had died and greater than 40 have been wounded. Three other people have been in custody together with one guy who has been charged with homicide, police stated.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stated probably the most sufferers will have been new immigrants or refugees.
“They are us,” she stated. “The person who has perpetuated this violence against us is not. They have no place in New Zealand.”
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated an Australian nationwide arrested after the assault was once an “extremist, right-wing violent terrorist”.
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, who’s New Zealand’s head of state, stated she was once “deeply saddened by the appalling events”.
Pope Francis deplored the “senseless acts of violence”.
In a message of condolence despatched through Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Francis “assures all New Zealanders, and in particular the Muslim community, of his heartfelt solidarity in the wake of these attacks”.
President Trump described the assault as a “horrible massacre” and stated the United States stood through New Zealand.
In Europe, German Chancellor Merkel mourned “with the New Zealanders for their fellow citizens who were attacked and murdered out of racist hatred while peacefully praying in their mosques”. Her international minister, Heiko Maas, stated: “When people are murdered solely because of their religion, this is an attack on us all.”
‘FLAMES OF HATRED’
Sadiq Khan, the primary Muslim mayor of London, stated Londoners stood shoulder to shoulder with the folks of Christchurch. He additionally pointed his finger at those that advertise non secular hatred:
“When the flames of hatred are fanned, when people are demonized because of their faith, when people’s fears are played on rather than addressed, the consequences are deadly, as we have seen so sadly today,” he stated.
The Palestinian leader peace negotiator, Saeb Erekat, known as the assault a “consequence of racist ideologies that continue trying to promote religious wars”.
He when compared it to the capturing at a synagogue in Pittsburgh that killed 11 other people remaining October, fatal attacks on church buildings in Egypt through Islamic State and an assault through a far-right Israeli gunman on a West Bank mosque in 1994 that killed 29 other people.
Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg stated the assault introduced again recollections of 2011, when anti-Muslim extremist Anders Breivik killed 77 other people at a formative years accumulating on a Norwegian island: “It shows that extremism is nurtured and that it lives in many places.”
Al-Azhar University, Egypt’s 1,000-year-old seat of Sunni Islamic studying, known as the assault “a dangerous indicator of the dire consequences of escalating hate speech, xenophobia and the spread of Islamophobia”.
Reporting through Agustinus Beo Da Costa and Gayatri Suroyo in Jakarta; Nadine Awadalla in Cairo; Ruma Paul in Dhaka; Joseph Sipilan in Kuala Lumpur; Krishna N. Das in New Delhi; Mike Holden in London, Gwladys Fouche in Oslo; Jan Strupczewski in Brussels, Michelle Martin in Berlin, Nidal al-Mughrabi in Gaza and Roberta Rampton and Doina Chiacu in Washington; Philip Pullella in Rome; Michelle Nichols in New York; Writing through Tom Allard, Peter Graff and Frances Kerry; Editing through Kevin Liffey and Robin Pomeroy