The Australian-born suspect who shot dead dozens of Muslim worshippers in Christchurch, New Zealand, has published a manifesto citing US President Donald Trump and Anders Breivik, the Norwegian white supremacist who murdered 77 people in Norway in 2011.
The 74-page dossier by Brenton Tarrant, which has been described by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison as a “work of hate”, praised 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.
|A bulletproof vest and protective gear is seen in this undated photo posted on Twitter on March 12 apparently by one of the gunmen who attacked a mosque in Christchurch [Twitter/Reuters]|
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.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has described the shootings as a “well-planned terrorist attack”, and said this is one of the country’s “darkest days”.
In addition to Tarrant, three other suspects, including a woman, have been arrested, New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said.
Australian senator’s comments slammed as ‘disgusting’
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.”