Terrorist attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand

Fifty people have been confirmed as having died in Friday’s terrorist attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand. Thirty-four people remain in hospital. The terror attack was described as “one of New Zealand’s darkest days” by New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern.

These terrible incidents have been reported round the world and shocked and repulsed most people. Everyone at Show Racism the Red Card wants to express their condolences to the families of those who have been murdered and hope those still in hospital recover soon.

The 28 year-old man who carried out these attacks is a fascist and white-supremacist, who apparently planned this for two years. He published a manifesto online, which echoes what Anders Breivik did before his terrorist attacks in Norway in 2011.

Following high-profile incidents of terrorism, there is often a ‘spike’ in numbers of hate crimes and hate incidents. A stabbing in Surrey on Saturday is being treated as a terrorist incident and several other hate crimes in the UK are currently being investigated, seemingly with anti-Muslim prejudice as a motive.

Anti-Muslim hatred and Islamophobia are all too present in society and we must reject hatred to ensure society is safe for everyone.

If we witness or experience anti-Muslim hatred it is very important to report it.

The Home Office Counter Extremism Unit reminds us “The Government is committed to tackling anti-Muslim hatred in all its forms, so please encourage your communities to continue reporting this through the usual channels.

“Please report any incidents to the police – call 999 in an emergency or 101 for a non-emergency. You can also report online through the dedicated police hate crime reporting site True Vision, or via a third party reporting centre such as Stop Hate UK or Tell Mama.

 Commenting on this massacre, the Director of the national Islamophobia monitoring service, Iman Atta of Tell MAMA said: 

"We are appalled to hear about the mass casualties in New Zealand. The killer appears to have put out a 'manifesto' based on white supremacist rhetoric which includes references to anti-Islamic comments. He mentions 'mass immigration' and 'an assault on our civilisation' and makes repeated references to his 'white identity'. 

"The killer also seems to have filmed the murders adding a further cold ruthlessness to his actions. We have said time and time again that far right extremism is a growing problem and we have been citing this for over 6 years now. That rhetoric is wrapped within anti-migrant and anti-Muslim sentiment.

 "Anti-Muslim hatred is fast becoming a global issue and a binding factor for extremist far right groups and individuals. It is a threat that needs to be taken seriously".