The Australian senator Fraser Anning who had said that ‘increasing Muslim presence’ is responsible for the terror attack on mosques in New Zealand, on Sunday attended a gun show in is home state.
According to a report by the New Zealand Herald, Anning stood smiling and chatting to patrons not far from a placard with his face and the words “Stop Muslim immigration”. The signage was surrounded by weapons.
Later, in a press conference, Anning defended his decision to attend the show.
“I’m a shooter,” he said. “I’d already accepted an invitation to go to that. People can be inflamed if they like, its entirely up to them. I don’t usually back away from the things I like to do.”
Recently, Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern visited the Muslim community at the Canterbury Refugee Centre in Christchurch to express her solidarity wearing a black head scarf.
Meanwhile, The UN Human Rights Council chief Michelle Bachelet has called the terror attacks on two mosques in New Zealand that left at least 49 people dead as “racist, Islamophobic, and terrorist”.
Earlier US President Trump also dismissed concerns that the massacre by a white supremacist terrorist in New Zealand indicates a dangerous trend.
Trump was asked if the killing of at least 49 people in two mosques in Christchurch by a man claiming that white people are being overwhelmed in their historic homelands demonstrates a rising problem around the world.
“I don’t really. I think it’s a small group of people that have very, very serious problems, I guess,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office.
The terrorist — identified as an Australian white nationalist — livestreamed the assault on social media and published a manifesto filled with racist conspiracy theories.
He also referred to Trump as “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.”
In the worst terror attack of New Zealand, 50 people have been killed and 48 more hurt, reported the New Zealand Herald.
One of the terrorists, an Australian, livestreamed the shooting at Al Noor Mosque in chilling 17-min video. In the video, he can be seen shooting indiscriminately at people inside the mosque. The terrorist can been seen changing magazines of his gun and shooting the dead over and over again.
The Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern has called it an unprecedented terrorist attack.
Earlier, Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison said that hooting in Christchurch was carried out by “an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist” who was an Australian-born citizen.
Moreover, Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan while reacting over the massacre in New Zealand said that the act reaffirms the fact that ‘terrorism has no religion.’
He further added that these acts are happening due to increased Islamophobia post 9/11.