With tears and flowers, a young New Zealander visited a mosque in Netherlands to show support and solidarity with Muslims after the Christchurch attacks on mosques.
Rabat – A young student from New Zealand visited a mosque in Netherlands to show solidarity and support for Muslims.
With tears and cracking voice, the student showed respect and solidarity with the people, apologizing for the attacks that claimed the lives of 50 victims during a planned terror attack by a 28-year old Australian on Friday.
A video filmed by theatermaker Salaheddine Benchikhi shows the student expressing his regret and giving his condolences to Muslims in the Essalam Mosque in Rotterdam.
“I am from from New Zealand and I have bought some flowers for the people there. And I don’t know what I can do, but I have to do something for the people there,” the young student told Benchikhi.
After his heartwarming message, Benchikhi hugged the student in an emotional moment.
Benchikhi also interviewed more people who brought flowers to the mosques to express solidarity.
One of the interviewees said that citizens are relying on the government to ensure security and stability.
The two people said that they are mourning for the people in New Zealand and that it’s their “turn to give flowers and to tell the people they love them.”
New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern visited the attacked mosques on Sunday. Photo of her hugging Muslims went viral on social media.
While world leaders and people around the world slammed the massacres, some Western tabloids showed sympathy with the 28-year old attacker, Brenton Tarrant.
The Daily Mirror, a British tabloid labelled the attacker an “angelic boy who grew into an evil far-right ass killer.”
The daily also put a photo in its cover, showing Tarrant as a young boy.
The tabloid also described the attacker as a “likeable and dedicated personal trainer running free athletic programmes for kids.”
The description received strong and condemning comments on social media.
There is absolutely no chance a newspaper would splash a childhood photo of an Islamist terrorist who murdered 49 Christians in a church as an “angelic boy”. Displacing focus from the victims to oh how could such a sweet WHITE boy become a terrorist is abhorrent pic.twitter.com/pcQCOBzMpT
— Owen Jones? (@OwenJones84) 16 mars 2019
British columnist and political commentator Owen Jones slammed the tabloid, saying that “there is absolutely no chance a newspaper would splash a childhood photo of an Islamist terrorist who murdered 49 Christians in a church as an “angelic boys.”
He added, “Displacing focus from the victims to oh how could such a sweet WHITE boy become a terrorist is abhorrent.”
The attacks on two mosques in Christchurch claimed the lives of 50 and injured at least 50 others.
The victims are aged between 3 and 77.