Right wing terrorist ‘Brenton Tarrant’ wrote manifesto before live streaming shooting at mosques in New Zealand
London, March 15, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The man who livestreamed himself attacking a Christchurch mosque and murdering at least 49 people identified himself online before the rampage as Australian citizen Brenton Tarrant.
On a now-deleted Twitter account, Tarrant posted multiple photos of what appear to be machine gun magazines and a link to what is being described as a manifesto for his actions.
The 74-page document starts off quoting a Dylan Thomas poem, Do not go gentle into that good night, and then moves onto a rant about white genocide.
Tarrant outlines his motivations: including to “create an atmosphere of fear” and to “incite violence” against Muslims while offering up autobiographical details.
Tarrant, an Australian citizen who is believed to come from the northern New South Wales town of Grafton, entitles his document ‘The Great Replacement’
What we know so far
- Forty people been killed and 20 injured in a terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, which occurred during afternoon prayers.
- Three people – one of them an Australian-born man – are in custody.
- It was described as “a terrorist attack” by NZ prime minister Jacinda Ardern, and an “extremist, right-wing violent terrorist [attack]” by Australian prime minister Scott Morrison.
- Christchurch remains on lockdown.
- Ardern said: “Many directly affected by this shooting may be migrants to New Zealand, they may even be refugees here…They are us. The person who has perpetuated this violence against us is not.”
- The attacker is believed to have livestreamed at least one of the attacks. Police urged people not to share the “distressing” footage, which many Australian news outlets ignored.
Here are the key points from the New Zealand police commissioner’s press conference:
- 49 people were killed in the attack, including 41 at Deans Avenue mosque and seven at Linwood mosque. Another victim died in hospital.
- A man in his late 20s has been charged with murder and will appear in Christchurch court tomorrow.
- Two others arrested at the scene with guns are being investigated. A fourth person arrested may have had nothing to do with the attack.
- Several guns have been recovered from both mosques. Two explosive devices were found on two vehicles at the scene. One has been disabled.
- The suspects were unknown to the police.
- The police remain vigilant but are not looking for anyone else in connection with the attacks.