Turkey's leader shows shooting video again

Roman Schwartz
March 24, 2019

"Last Friday in Christchurch, New Zealand, at worship on their holy day within the sanctuary of the mosque, our Muslims were attacked in an utterly callous and cowardly act of terrorism".

Australian Brenton Harrison Tarrant was arrested and charged with murder.

He livestreamed much of the killing and spread a manifesto on social media claiming it was a strike against Muslim "invaders".

The OIC, in a statement, urged all countries to refrain from statements or policies that associate Islam with terror and extremism.

Violence driven by Islamophobia requires "genuine, comprehensive and systematic measures to address this affliction", ministers from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation said in a statement after Friday's meeting in Istanbul.

In rallies across Turkey, Erdogan has since called on New Zealand to restore the death penalty and said Turkey would make the suspected attacker pay if that country did not.

Mr. Erdogan also drew Australia's ire for comments, suggesting that Australians and New Zealanders with anti-Muslim sentiments would be sent back in coffins like their ancestors who fought against Turks in the First World War Battle of Gallipoli.

The victims, he said, would get the full support of the New Zealand government.

Before leaving Istanbul to attend the election rally, Erdogan told the OIC that the empathy and reaction displayed by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern since the incident "should be an example to world leaders".

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Erdogan had already been sharply rebuked by New Zealand for his comments and for using gruesome video shot by the Christchurch mosque gunman as an election campaign prop.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu praised New Zealand authorities and their "sincere solidarity messages".

Peters said he did not feel a need to discuss the Turkish leader s use of the attack video as he understood the president had stopped using it.

The president said the suspect had visited Turkey twice and wanted Turkish Muslims removed from Turkey's European territory on the western side of the Bosphorus.

"We are returning home to New Zealand with grateful reassurance that our people who come here to commemorate ANZAC will be as welcome as they always were", he told reporters.

He also called a far-right Australian senator a "terrorist" after his remarks blaming the attack on Muslim immigration to the country.

Mr Peters told the OIC meeting in an emergency session that Friday's attack had changed New Zealand.

"Police stand guard at every mosque to ensure people can pray in peace".

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