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Many 'march for love' in New Zealand as mosques reopen

By Tom Westbrook

 

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People take part in the "March for Love" at North Hagley Park after the last week's mosque attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand March 23, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

 

CHRISTCHURCH (Reuters) - About 3,000 people walked through Christchurch in a 'march for love' early on Saturday, honouring the 50 worshippers massacred in the New Zealand city a week ago, as the mosques where the shooting took place reopened for prayers.

 

Carrying placards with signs such as, "He wanted to divide us, he only made us stronger", "Muslims welcome, racists not", and "Kia Kaha" - Maori for 'stay strong', people walked mostly in silence or softly sang a Maori hymn of peace.

 

"We feel like hate has brought a lot of darkness at times like this and love is the strongest cure to light the city out of that darkness," said Manaia Butler, 16, one of the student organisers of the march.

 

With armed police on site, the Al Noor mosque, where more than 40 of the victims were killed by a suspected white supremacist, reopened on Saturday. Police said they were reopening the nearby Linwood mosque as well.

 

"It is the place where we pray, where we meet, we'll be back, yeah," Ashif Shaikh told reporters outside the Al Noor mosque. He said he was there on the day of the shooting in which two of his housemates were killed.

 

Most victims of the country's worst mass shooting were migrants or refugees from countries such as Pakistan, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey, Somalia, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.

 

At Saturday's march security was heavy, with dozens of armed police officers and buses parked sideways across city streets to close them off for the march.

 

Shila Nair, a migrant from India who works for a migrant advocacy group called Shakti, travelled from Auckland to take part in the march.

 

"The support gives us hope and optimism that migrant and refugee communities in this country can have a level playing field," she said.

 

"We appreciate the solidarity, but it must be carried on. It cannot be allowed to fizzle out. This is how social change happens."

 

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who swiftly denounced the shooting as terrorism and has participated in many of the tributes and funerals for the victims, has announced a ban on military-style semi-automatic and assault rifles, some of the guns used by the shooter.

 

Ardern and New Zealand have been widely praised for the outpouring of empathy and unity and the response to the attacks. Dubai's ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum thanked her on Twitter late on Friday.

 

"Thank you @jacindaardern and New Zealand for your sincere empathy and support that has won the respect of 1.5 billion Muslims after the terrorist attack that shook the Muslim community around the world," he said on Twitter.

 

Muslims account for just over 1 percent of New Zealand's 4.8-million population, a 2013 census showed, most of whom were born overseas.

 

On Friday the Muslim call to prayer was broadcast nationwide on television and radio and about 20,000 people attended a prayer service in the park opposite Al Noor mosque in a show of solidarity.

 

Many women have also donned headscarves to show their support.

 

In Mecca, Islam's holiest site, a special prayer was held after the Friday sermon for the victims of the attack, according to the Saudi news website Sabq.

 

Most of the dead were laid to rest at a mass burial in Christchurch on Friday, when 26 victims were interred. Others have been buried at private ceremonies, or repatriated to their home countries for funerals.

 

Shahadat Hossain, whose brother Mojammel Haque was killed in the attack, told Reuters that she would bring his body back to Bangladesh.

 

"I don't know when our family will be able to come out of this grief," she said.

 

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-- © Copyright Reuters 2019-03-23

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I like most westerners don’t trust Muslims but murdering people in their place of worship is wrong it’s criminal in the name of religion I myself pledge to keep an open mind and heart kudos NZ my deepest condolences 

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22 minutes ago, ThaiBunny said:

not one populated by People Like Us.

And we all know that People Like Us are the true haters in this world.

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3 hours ago, AhFarangJa said:

I could not agree more. I have not posted on any of these threads regarding the atrocity in NZ. because I know I would probably be censored..... until now.....I too cannot condone any attack on another Human, but.............

I am tired of the one way rhetoric that is always given at these times............Can anyone tell me why the same horror and outcry was not meted out when ISIS bombed a Christian Church in the Philippines in late January killing 20 worshippers.........how many here actually heard of the incident............

Probably the same reason that there's virtually no publicity given when Islamists kill other muslims Other muslims by far constitute the largest target of violent Islamists. But I bet that's news to you.

 

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3 hours ago, ThaiBunny said:

Simple - it was in a Third World country, not one populated by People Like Us.

It's possible that these massacres are reported by local press in there own languages. News organizations such as Reuters often just republish local reports. They are much more likely to do that if they are in the English language. 

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2 hours ago, sonos99 said:

It's possible that these massacres are reported by local press in there own languages. News organizations such as Reuters often just republish local reports. They are much more likely to do that if they are in the English language. 

English language media coverage in the Philippines

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6 hours ago, AhFarangJa said:

I am tired of the one way rhetoric that is always given at these times

Yes. So true. We never hear of the violence of extremist Muslims in mainstream media. Weird how western media never covers Islamic terrorism anywhere on the globe... One way street for certain.

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6 hours ago, AhFarangJa said:

I could not agree more. I have not posted on any of these threads regarding the atrocity in NZ. because I know I would probably be censored..... until now.....I too cannot condone any attack on another Human, but.............

I am tired of the one way rhetoric that is always given at these times............Can anyone tell me why the same horror and outcry was not meted out when ISIS bombed a Christian Church in the Philippines in late January killing 20 worshippers.........how many here actually heard of the incident............

Just googled this. There are many reports

NY Times

CNN

Straits Times

Fox News 

CBS News 

 

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2 minutes ago, yogi100 said:

 

I regularly listen to LBC, a popular British radio station and I do not remember hearing one word about this atrocity neither on the news nor on the phone in programs.

 

But like the BBC and the National Union of Journalists LBC go out of their way to avoid painting Islam or Muslims in a bad light whenever they possibly can.

Here you go 

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-47018747

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