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New Zealand: Quranic verses in Parliament after attacks

The world is in mourning after the terrorist attacks perpetrated on Friday, March 15, against two mosques in New Zealand. Tributes are multiplying across the country.

While many New Zealanders have deposited flowers and words near the two crime scenes, parliamentarians, they have opened this Monday a special session by verses of the Koran. This is to pay tribute to the victims of this tragic event.

For her part, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gave a very emotional speech in memory of the dead. The latter has even sworn never to pronounce the name of the terrorist who is behind this bloody attack.

It should be noted that 50 people were killed and dozens more injured in the terrorist attacks that targeted the Al-Noor mosque in downtown Christchurch, where 41 people died according to the police, and a second in Linwood, the suburbs, where seven people died. A 49th victim succumbed to the hospital.

The Australian extremist behind the killings was indicted Saturday by a New Zealand city court and is expected to remain in custody until a scheduled April 5 hearing. He had left a racist 74-page “manifesto” entitled “The Great Replacement”, in reference to a popular conspiracy theory in far-right circles that “European peoples” would be “replaced” by non-European immigrant populations.

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