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New Zealand’s attack : The terrorist’s racist and Islamophobic manifesto

Before opening fire on Muslim worshipers at two mosques in New Zealand, an Australian terrorist published a manifesto on social media, justifying his terror plans. The man is a white supremacist who hates migrants and Islam.

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28-year-old Australian Brenton Tarrant opened fire on Muslim worshipers in two mosques in the city of Christchurch in New Zealand./Ph. DR

On Friday, 28-year-old Australian Brenton Tarrant opened fire on Muslim worshipers in two mosques in the city of Christchurch in New Zealand. More that 40 people were killed in the attack, which was filmed and shared by the gunman on Facebook.

The footage showed Tarrant parking near the Al Noor mosque, retrieving his weapons from his car, before making it to the mosque and opening fire on worshipers gathered for Friday prayers.

The video, the terrorist posted on his Facebook, was preceded by a 74-page manifesto that was dubbed «supremacist». According to Australian media reports, Tarrant’s «Great Replacement Manifesto» is «a study in intolerance, hatred and the profound overriding feat that whites are facing extinction».

A racist and ultranationalist manifesto

In his Manifesto, meant to be read after the attack, Brenton described himself as an «ordinary white man», coming from a «low income family». In his long document, Tarrant answered questions related to the attacks, two weeks before it took place.

«To show the invaders that our lands will never be their lands, our homelands are our own and that, as long as a white man still lives, they will never conquer our lands and they will never replace our people», he answered, referring to immigrants.

The attacks were a way of «taking revenge on the invaders», wrote the Australian gunman who was inspired by white supremacists, such as Italian extremist luca traini and Canadian man who killed worshipers in a Quebec mosque Alexandre Bissonnette.

To Tarrant, who used to work as a personal trainer in an Australian gym, the attacks would «reduce immigration rates to European lands by intimidating and physically removing the invaders themselves».

He believed that his plans would «agitate the political enemies of [his] people into action, to cause them to overextend their own hand and experience the eventual and inevitable backlash as a result».

In reference to Islam, the attacker justified his deeds, stressing that «Islamic nations in particular have high birth rates, regardless of race or ethnicity», adding that his attack, indeed, has an «anti-Islam motivation».

However, he said that he is not an Islamophobic. «No, I am not afraid of Islam, only that, due to its high fertility rates, it will grow to replace other peoples and faiths», he argued.

For the record, the terror attack took place in Christchurch, a city located on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island.

Commenting on attack, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described it as «terrorism» act. She said that «four people in police custody, three men and one woman, held extremist views but had not been on any police watchlists».

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