New Zealand PM receives death threats on social media

New Zealand PM receives death threats on social media

"It makes me really happy to be able to say that I'm a New Zealander", Imam said.

"This terrorist sought to turn our nation apart with an evil ideology that has torn the world apart".

The front pages of The Press and The Dominion Post carried the names of those killed in the attacks by a lone gunman, while The New Zealand Herald put hearts inside a mosque icon with a caption that said "A Call To Prayer".

Imam Gamal Fouda of al-Noor mosque also offered words of comfort for those gathered.

"We are wearing headscarves showing our support, love and solidarity, and hope that by everybody doing this it will demonstrate to Muslim women. that they are one with us", said Robyn Molony, 65, with a group of friends wearing headscarves at Hagley Park.

"New Zealand is unbreakable".

He condemned the rise of white supremacy, right-wing extremism and anti-Muslim sentiment.

In today's emotional press conference, Mustafa and her surviving son Zaid, 13, thanked New Zealanders for organising a national call to prayer today.

"The politics of fear did not come overnight".

"It was the result of the anti-Islamic and anti-Muslim rhetoric by some political leaders, some media agencies, and others", he stated.

The Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE also praised New Zealand's communities for their solidarity with their Muslim neighbors and for taking a stand against hate crime.

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'New Zealand mourns with you.

During a memorial service in nearby Hagley Park on Friday to mark one week since the attack he reflected on the hatred and rage he saw in the killer's eyes.

"I can take my scarf off if I feel afraid".

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

"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. "What happened is not ok". The most recent was at a Henry Pratt Co. plant in Aurora, Illinois, where five people were killed last month.

"Ardern listened to her constituents" outrage and declared that within days her government would introduce new controls on the military-style weapons that the Christchurch shooter and numerous mass killers in the United States have used on their rampages", the editorial said.

The Muslim call to prayer was broadcast nationally across all free-to-air TV and radio stations.

But authorities late Thursday announced prayers would be held in the park.

The Al Noor mosque remains closed as workers fix bullet-pocked walls and clean blood-spattered floors.

The UN chief spoke of the victims of the Christchurch shooting, some of whom lost their lives saving others, and said he was "deeply moved by the extraordinary display of leadership, love and community from the people of New Zealand".

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