- New Zealand's prime minister, Ardern, in a speech to parliament, thought of the victims of the terrorist attack in Christchurch and refused to provide a platform for the alleged perpetrator – a right-wing extremist.
- The PM also warned Internet corporations to be reluctant to spread terrorist material.
- US President Trump calls the criticism of his statements about right-wing violence "ridiculous."
With an Islamic prayer, the New Zealand Parliament commemorated the fatality of the attack on two mosques in Christchurch. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern began her speech to Members on Tuesday with the Arabic salutation "Salam aleikum" ("Peace be upon you"). Four days after the racially motivated terrorist attack last Friday, another 30 injured were treated in the hospital. According to the clinics, nine of them are in critical condition.
The alleged perpetrator – a 28-year-old right-wing extremist from Australia – is in custody. The Australian threatens life imprisonment for multiple murder. An appointment for the beginning of the process does not exist yet. After recent investigation of the police, he had no accomplices.
The prime minister refused in her speech to provide a platform for the alleged assassin. She said, "He wanted to accomplish many things with his act of terror, one of which was to become famous, so you will never hear his name from me."
The alleged perpetrator had filmed the crime and streamed it live. Ardern demanded in their speech from the major Internet companies such as Facebook and Google to prevent the distribution of such videos. "This must not be a case in which it is all about profit, not responsibility."
In a kind of manifesto, the alleged perpetrator set out his hatred of Islam shortly before the attack and described himself as an "ethno-nationalist eco-fascist". In the letter, he described US President Donald Trump as a "symbol of renewed white identity and shared purpose."
Trump responded by condemning the attack, but at the same time stated that he did not view the ideology of white supremacy as a growing danger. The statement by the US President provoked fierce criticism. On Monday, Trump described the criticism on Twitter as "ridiculous" and claimed, "The fake news media are working overtime to blame me for the terrible attack in New Zealand."
This Wednesday, numerous deaths are to be buried in Christchurch.