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Friday 15 March 2019 - 22:01
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Trump factor stands out in New Zealand mosque massacre

Trump factor stands out in New Zealand mosque massacre
Press TV - Iran has strongly condemned inhumane attacks on two mosques in New Zealand, urging Wellington to immediately find and punish the perpetratorswithout any consideration.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi on Friday denounced the deadly attacks by an allegedwhite supremacist - reportedly an admirerof US President Donald Trump - as inhumane and totally brutal.

Any terrorist attack must be condemned by all states no matter where in the world, by whom, and with what motivation and pretext it is carried out, Qassemi said.

He also urged governments to prevent racist and Islamophobic movements and ideologies from threatening the security and tranquility of the citizens of states across the world.

His reaction came as political and Islamic leaders expressed their disgust at the massacre andcitedrising "Islamophobia" as responsible.

At least one gunman killed 49 people and wounded more than 20 during Friday prayers in New Zealand's worst ever mass shooting, which Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern condemned as terrorism.

The Australian gunman, identified as Brenton Tarrant, broadcast live footage on Facebook of the attack on one mosque in the city of Christchurch, mirroring the carnage played out in video games, after publishing a "manifesto" in which he denounced immigrants, calling them "invaders".

In his manifesto, Tarrantsaid he saw Trump as symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.

The 28-year-old terrorist said he chose to use a gun over other weapons because it would spark a debate around the second amendment.

With enough pressure the left wing within the United States will seek toabolish the second amendment, and the right wing within the US will seethis as an attack on their very freedom and liberty,Tarrant said.

This attempted abolishment of rights by the left will result in a dramaticpolarization of the people in the United States and eventually a fracturingof the US along cultural and racial lines.

Eventually, when the white population of the USA realizes the truth of thesituation, war will erupt, he added.

Far-right terrorism on rise in US because of Trump

In a Friday tweet, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif cited Trumps Islamophobic remarks, and lashed out at the Western hypocrisy of defending demonization of Muslims as freedom of expression.

Impunity in Western 'democracies'to promote bigotry leads to this: Israeli thugs enter mosque in Palestine to insult Muslims; terrorists in NZ livestream their murder of 49 Muslims. Western hypocrisy of defending demonization of Muslims as 'freedom of expression'MUST end, he said.

Intercept columnist Mehdi Hasan told CNN Tonightthat far-right terrorism was on the rise in the United States and blamed President Trump for attacks both in the US and abroad.

Western government has turned a blind eye to domestic terrorism, to domestic far-right terrorism, Hasan said.

He went on to say that there weremore attacks, more casualties from domestic terrorist groups - far-right groups -than there are quote-unquote jihadist or Islamist groups.

According to Hasan, not only was Trumps rhetoric responsible for attacks in the US, he was also responsible for attacks in other countries.

You have Muslim victims of terror in New Zealand. I mentioned the attack in Canada -- Quebec City shortly after Trump was inaugurated, there's been attempted attacks and attacks in Minnesota and various places across the US.

"We do need to start taking this seriously. Crimes against minorities, Jewish groups, against Muslim communities, against people of color are on the rise in Britain, across western Europe, United States, Canada, Australia, and now sadly New Zealand, he said.

I mean, less than six months ago we know one of his big supporters sent pipe bombs in the mail to dozens of people who Trump had personally attacked and demonized. Who was driving around in a van with pro-Trump imagery and anti-CNN imagery. We know lots of far-right attackers have claimed to be Trump supporters in recent months, Hasan noted.

So, this is not just about Trump but about politicians especially on the right taking seriously this problem and really being careful about their language at the very minimum, he added.
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