Tragedy in New Zealand

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Tragedy in New Zealand

Amanda Wampler, Staff Reporter

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The Christchurch massacre has been violently etched into New Zealand’s history, and it now dramatically impacts the future. On March 15, one of the worst mass murders in New Zealand’s history was carried out by Australian extremist. The suspect entered the Al Noor mosque during Friday Prayer and shot down men, women, and children. Linwood mosque was also attacked, where seven out of the fifty people were killed.

People all over the globe are standing in solidarity with the people of New Zealand. Prince William will be traveling to New Zealand to honor the victims, President Trump tweeted his condolences to the victims and their families, and people everywhere share their love and support for the country as a whole. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has addressed the public many times to share her support and her plans for the future.

The shooter released a manifesto discussing his motives and his vision of white supremacy. Minutes after releasing his manifesto, the shooter put a camera on and entered the mosque, where he was greeted by someone saying “Hello Brother,” just before he opened fire. The video he filmed was live streamed to Facebook and Youtube, which is causing major controversy. The two platforms are being sued by a French Muslim group for not monitoring their content well enough. Both the manifesto and the live stream video are banned in New Zealand, which raises questions regarding free speech and free press. Arden has also decided to create stricter gun laws in the aftermath of the attack. As these new issues unravel, it is clear that this attack greatly affected New Zealand and more changes are likely to come.