Terrorist attack in New Zealand
Terrorist attack in New Zealand: There is confusion after the attack on two mosques in the New Zealand town of Christchurch. Who did it and what moved him to it? What role does xenophobia play in the country? How many Muslims reside there?
What is known about the attacker and his motives?
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The attack was directed against two mosques in the town of Christchurch, in New Zealand. At least 49 people were killed and 48 wounded were transferred to hospital. A 48-year-old Australian man was arrested as the main suspect. The Australian head of government, Scott Morrison, described him as a “violent right-wing extremist terrorist.” Before carrying out the attack, the man posted a multi-page racist manifesto on the Internet that revealed that it was an act directed against Muslims According to information from the AFP agency, this hate speech is authentic, and the police have not said anything about it yet, and the attacker apparently adheres to an extended conspiracy theory in his manifesto. on the far right, according to which the white population of Western countries would be replaced by migrants, whose birth rates are clearly higher.
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The Australian attacker published his act online with a live video. Before carrying out the attack, a Serbian nationalist combat song that has been used in anti-Muslim contexts for years is heard in the background. Shortly after the attack, the video was removed from social networks and the profile of the attacker on Facebook and Instagram was blocked. In addition to the main aggressor, three suspects were arrested. According to Jacinda Adern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, none of them was under the surveillance of the Police or any anti-terrorist unit.
Who are the victims?
So far, none was identified. People from all over the world were gathered at the Masjid-al Noor mosque to pray at the time of the attack. 48 wounded were transferred to the hospital, including small children. Other Muslims narrowly escaped the attack, such as members of the Bangladesh cricket team, whose bus reached the mosque when the shooting began.
How many Muslims are there in New Zealand?
In New Zealand, 44 percent of the population declares themselves to be Christian, while 38.5 percent say they are non-denominational. On the other hand, there is an increasingly small minority of Muslims, which represents 1.1 percent, that is, around 46,100 people. The data is from 2013. There are no subsequent figures. The origin of the Muslims is varied. About a quarter was born in New Zealand or comes from Asia, from the Pacific islands, as well as from Africa and the Near East. Mustafa Farouk, president of the New Zealand Islam Association, told TVNZ that Muslims felt very safe in the country. “We did not expect something like this to happen,” said Farouk, who also assured that it will not change anything in the Muslims’ relationship with New Zealand.
Does New Zealand have a problem with xenophobia?
Foreigners generally describe New Zealand as an open and friendly country. Xenophobia tends to be directed more towards Asians, specifically towards Chinese investors. Prime Minister Ardern assured reporters that the event has taken place in New Zealand because it is not precisely a good port for hatred because it does not allow racism and is not an enclave of extremism. “We represent diversity, kindness, compassion, a home for all those who share our values and a refuge for those who need it, these values will not be altered by this attack,” said Ardern.
The country attracts migrants from all over the world to work. The migration rate, according to the CIA World Factbook, amounts to 2.2 per 1,000 inhabitants. More people immigrate to New Zealand than they emigrate. According to figures from the official Statistical Office, most of the 2018 migrants came from China and India, followed by the United Kingdom, Australia, and the Philippines. The New Zealand Herald published in 2015 a report on the work possibilities of different population groups. According to their data, Muslims are better qualified than members of other religious communities, but it is more difficult for them to find employment.
What is the situation regarding firearms?
New Zealand is considered a safe country. Massive attacks in the form of shooting are very rare. The most serious event to date was a massacre in 1990 in the coastal city of Aramoana. A local resident killed 13 people until he was finally shot by the police. New Zealand hardened its arms policy in 1992, especially with regard to the possession of semi-automatic rifles. The trade in firearms and ammunition was also subject to greater controls. In addition, gun licenses have since been no longer granted for life, but are reviewable every 10 years.
However, the number of weapons in the country increases. According to figures from the website GunPolicy.org, which belongs to the University of Sydney and is committed against gun violence, it is estimated that in 2017 there were 1.5 million legal and illegal weapons. That means that, on average, a weapon comes into the hands of one in three New Zealanders. In 2005, the data was of a weapon by between four and five citizens. The “Police Association” of New Zealand observes the increase in the possession of weapons in the country for some time and already in 2017 came to speak of a growing “problem with weapons”.