In a speech addressing parliament in Wellington on Tuesday afternoon, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern refused to name the terrorist responsible for Friday’s attack in Christchurch.
“A 28-year-old man, an Australian citizen, has been charged with one count of murder. Other charges will follow,” she began.
“He will face the full force of the law in New Zealand. The families of the fallen will have justice.
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“He sought many things from his act of terror, one was notoriety. And that is why you will never hear me mention his name.
“He is a terrorist. He is a criminal. He is an extremist. But he will, when I speak, be nameless.
“And to others, I implore you. Speak the names of those who are lost rather than the name of the man who took them.
“He may have sought notoriety, but we in New Zealand will give him nothing, not even his name,” she said.
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At 1.40pm on Friday afternoon, an alleged white supremacist opened fire targeting two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, where Muslims were gathering for their afternoon prayer.
As it stands, at least 50 people have been killed, with another 34 injured.
Ardern has been praised globally for her empathy and pragmatism in the wake of the country’s worst ever massacre, after vowing to change gun laws, pay the funeral costs of the victims, and provide financial assistance for the victim’s families moving forward.
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