PM Jacinda Ardern joins Friday prayers one week after massacre

Mar 23, 2019, 00:26
PM Jacinda Ardern joins Friday prayers one week after massacre

In neighbouring Australia as well people stopped in the streets and in shops to observe a moment of silence in solidarity with the victims.

Thousands are expected to gather in Hagley Park, opposite the Masjid Al Noor on Deans Ave before the Jummah Salah, or afternoon prayer, by 1.15pm.

"We admire what he's standing for and the fact that he wants to go there and grieve and be part of the support for the region and people of New Zealand".

Around the country today, tributes will be paid at events and vigils as New Zealand's unity continues to shine through the tragedy.

"We also continue to cooperate with law enforcement to facilitate their investigations as required", the spokesperson said.

She did not hesitate to describe the killings as a terrorist attack and said she would refuse to say the name of the killer who carried it out.

Workers have been toiling feverishly to fix the destruction at Al Noor mosque, some of whom offered their services for free.

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"Since the earthquakes, we've gone through a lot as a city and we're a lot more caring and looking out for one another", said James Sheehan, 62. "There's a sense of joy and rejoicing", Tini said. I've never felt more proud to be a Muslim, or a Kiwi for that matter. Female police at the park also wore headscarves, with a red rose on their uniforms.

Ardern, surrounded by ministers and security officials at Hagley Park, wore a black headscarf and a black suit.

"The message I want to send is that hate can not win".

Fifty people were killed and dozens more wounded in the attacks.

On Wednesday local Mongrel Mob president Sonny Fatu vowed to help make Muslims feel safe while they prayed.

The "correct process" was followed and the licence was granted, a police statement said. He was charged of murder on Sunday.

The Christchurch attacks have brought New Zealand together.

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Among them is the youngest victim, three-year-old Mucaad Ibrahim who was at the al Moor mosque with his father and big brother. It was the third this year and the 15th since the start of 2018, according to the outlet.

"It's given me for the first time an appreciation for what it must be like to be a minority and to wear clothing that perhaps the majority don't normally wear", she said by telephone from Auckland.

"And I hope the whole world now can understand the real Islam, the reality of Islam", she added.

Ardern has received widespread praise from around the world and in particular from Muslim countries and their leaders for the way she has handled the aftermath of the terrorist attack carried out by a white supremacist.

Ms Ardern announced a ban on all types of semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles following the Christchurch attacks.

But after 3pm on Thursday, the weapons became illegal under interim measures.

Ardern said these would be subject to an amnesty and buyback programme, but that people should immediately begin the process of surrendering the arms to police.

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The Islamic call to prayer was broadcast across the nation and special ceremonies and prayer services took place across the country.