Christchurch mosque shootings: Global media focused on the Christchurch terror attack

Elias Hubbard
Марта 16, 2019

Fraser Anning, who has represented Queensland in the Australian Senate since 2017 has caused outrage after he blamed "Muslim fanatics" for the horrendous killings.

Although evidence of Anning sharing that statement has been removed from his social media accounts, he then wrote on his Twitter page, "Does anyone still dispute the link between Muslim immigration and violence?"

Britain's Home Secretary Sajid Javid has criticised an Australian Senator who appeared to suggest that Muslim immigration was the cause of a mass shooting at mosques in New Zealand that has left 49 dead.

In it, Anning claimed while he was "utterly opposed to any form of violence" and condemned the actions of the gunman, he said the atrocity highlighted the "growing fear over an increasing Muslim presence" in Australia and New Zealand. As of 2010, there were an estimated 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide.

The multiple deaths at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch are the horrific effect of hate and marginalisation of Muslims, says Rateb Jneid, president of Muslims Australia - the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils.

Grieving members of the public following a shooting at the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 15, 2019 New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks on live television following fatal shootings at two mosques in central Christchurch, New Zealand March 15, 2019, in this still image taken from video.

One attacker, as per Australian PM Scott Morrison confirmation is a 28-year-old Australian man.

"Fraser Anning blaming the murderous attacks by a violent, right-wing, extremist terrorist in New Zealand on immigration are disgusting", said Morrison. Those views have no place in Australia, let alone the Australian Parliament.

Anning's statements echo messaging that the shooter himself says he was influenced by.

Senator Anning is, however, not unknown for his anti-Muslim stance.

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