A national remembrance service in honor of dozens of people who lost their lives in Christchurch mosques shootings will be held in New Zealand on March 29, the country's government said in a press release on Sunday, citing Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
The prime minister of New Zealand again visited Christchurch and addressed a massive gathering in Hagley Park to show her empathy.
The first parliament session in New Zealand after the deadly attack in Christchurch on the Muslim community by a far-right terrorist commenced with a recitation from the Holy Quran.
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The slaughter, which he cold-bloodedly live-streamed, has rocked the normally laid-back country of 4.5 million.
Thousands of people gathered at a park in Christchurch near the al-Noor Mosque, one of the places of worship that came under attack in last week's mass shootings.
Present for Linwood's re-opening was Afghan refugee Abdul Aziz, who was hailed as a hero after he chased Tarrant away from the mosque wielding only a hand-held credit card machine, likely preventing further bloodshed.
"It brings all the memories back".
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Mehdi Hasan, a commentator, TV host, columnist and adjunct professor at Georgetown University, said the public has been conditioned since the 9/11 attacks to see terrorists "as people with big beards, brown skin, loud voices shouting in Arabic".
"If I didn't face him (the shooter) I would have been killed anyway".
A Change.org petition, that started four days ago, has garnered more than 3,000 signatures while a petition on French website AVAAZ.org received over 1,000 signatures, The New Zealand Herald reported.
The terror attack on mosques in New Zealand on 15 March had killed 50 Muslim worshippers.
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Since then, New Zealanders have responded with an outpouring of support for the country's small Muslim community.
On Thursday, Ardern imposed an immediate ban on all military-style semiautomatic and automatic assault rifles. Thank you to the New Zealand Prime Minister for your leadership among all the people of New Zealand and to show love towards the Muslim community.
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