Wellington Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has vowed never to say the name of the Christchurch mosque gunman.
“He sought many things from his act of terror, but one was notoriety that is why you will never hear me mention his name,” Ms Ardern said in an emotional address at New Zealand’s parliament.
Last Friday’s shootings at two mosques in the southern city of Christchurch left 50 people dead and dozens wounded. Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, a self-described white supremacist, has been charged with murder.
Ardern said: “I implore you, speak the names of those who were lost rather than the name of the man who took them. He is a terrorist. He is a criminal. He is an extremist. But he will, when I speak, be nameless.”
In a special meeting of parliament on Tuesday, she used the Arabic greeting “Al-Salaam Alaikum”, which in English means “peace be upon you”.
The prime minister assured MPs that the attacker would “face the full force of the law”. She encouraged New Zealanders to acknowledge the grief of the Muslim community this Friday which is the Muslim day of worship and will mark one week since the shooting.
Among the 50 people killed at the two mosques during Friday prayers were Muslim migrants, refugees and residents from countries including Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Turkey, Kuwait, and Somalia.
Source: International Islamic News Agency