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    March 14, 2019


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    Multiple people were killed in a shooting attack on the southern island of New Zealand on Friday, when a gunman opened fire inside a mosque.

    The gunman, who was dressed in tactical gear, appeared to live stream video of the shooting on social media, documenting his trip from his vehicle and into the worship center in central Christchurch, New Zealand, where he opened fire indiscriminately.

    A suspect was arrested shortly after the attack, but police have not released their identity.

    The shooter also opened fire in the surrounding area outside. Police said there were multiple casualties reported, but authorities have not offered any additional details.

    "A serious and evolving situation is occurring in Christchurch with an active shooter. Police are responding with its full capability to manage the situation, but the risk environment remains extremely high," New Zealand Police tweeted. "Police recommend that residents across Christchurch remain off the streets and indoors until further notice."

    A spokesperson for the Canterbury District Health Board said it activated its mass casualty plan, putting public locations in the area on lockdown.

    "Christchurch schools will be locked down until further notice," the police department tweeted. "Police thanks the public for their cooperation and will provide further updates to keep residents informed."

    Local news outlets said shots were fired at least two locations, according to witnesses.

    This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.


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    In Christchurch, Signs Point to a Gunman Steeped in Internet Trolling

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    March 15, 2019


    A camera mounted to his head, the gunman who livestreamed part of his savage attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday began his video by casually making reference to a current internet meme.

    He appeared to be steeped in the culture of the extreme-right internet. And in the terrible minutes of video that followed, he proved to be a nonchalant, unrepentant killer.

    As of Friday night, the gunman had not been identified by the authorities. But just before the attack began, a man who said he was a 28-year-old from Australia published a link on a right-wing forum to a 74-page manifesto, and another link on the same forum to a personal Facebook page with the video that would soon document the slaughter.

    Based on the video, the manifesto and social media posts, a picture has begun to emerge of a man primarily driven by white nationalism and a desire to drive cultural, political and racial wedges between people across the globe. That, he hoped, would stoke discord and, eventually, more violence between races.

    It is unclear whether the Facebook user is the man whom the authorities in New Zealand have charged in the shootings that have left at least 49 people dead. They have said only that the suspect is a man in his 20s.

    Australia’s main public broadcaster reported that the Facebook user worked as a personal trainer at a gym in the city of Grafton after finishing school in 2009 until 2011, when he left to travel overseas. Where exactly his travels took him was not immediately known, but the manifesto’s author wrote that he explored much of Europe in the spring of 2017.

    And a man using the same name visited the Gilgit-Baltistan administrative territory of Pakistan in October, people at two hotels there confirmed.

    Asghar Khan, the manager of operations at the Serena Hotel there, said the man seemed like a “nature-loving” traveler. Syed Israr Hussain, owner of the nearby Osho Thang hotel, said he stayed there for two or three days with a group of backpackers.

    “He was normal and polite during his stay,” Mr. Hussain said. “There was nothing out of the ordinary.”

    The gunman appeared to pair the shooting with the typical trolling tactics of the internet’s most far-right instigators, playing to a community of like-minded supporters online who cheered him on in real time as they watched bodies pile up. And the manifesto states plainly what usually goes unstated by internet trolls: By design, its author wanted to get everyone upset and arguing with each other.

    One of the goals of his bloodshed, he wrote, was to “agitate the political enemies of my people into action, to cause them to overextend their own hand and experience the eventual and inevitable backlash as a result.” He said he wanted to “incite violence, retaliation and further divide.”

    The manifesto, the harrowing video and what appear to be the gunman’s social media posts feature typical white nationalist rhetoric with layers upon layers of irony and meta jokes, making it difficult to parse what is genuine and what he just thought was funny.

    The gunman seems to have a significant interest in history — at least, the parts that fit into a white nationalist narrative. On his weapons, he wrote the names of centuries-old military leaders who led battles against largely nonwhite forces, along with the names of men who recently carried out mass shootings of Jews and Muslims.

    The manifesto, steeped in anti-Muslim sentiment, refers to nonwhites as “invaders” who threaten to “replace” white people. The author says he used guns instead of other weapons because he wanted the United States to tear itself apart arguing over gun laws.

    His choice of language, and the specific memes he referred to, suggest a deep connection to the far-right online community. The link to the livestreamed video was first posted to the /pol/ forum of 8chan, a notorious far-right space, where the gunman was hailed as a hero after the shooting.

    Some of his references were subtle. As he drove to the mosque, he listened to a song associated with a 1995 Serbian nationalist video, which has recently been co-opted as a racist meme.

    What might appear to be a bizarre, rambling section of the manifesto was actually a relatively old meme known as Navy Seal Copypasta, a faux rant that is copied and pasted to indicate faux toughness.

    On 8chan, he uploaded an image titled “screw your optics,” a phrase Robert Bowers, the man accused of fatally shooting 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue in October, was said to have used.

    Other references were more mainstream. “Subscribe to PewDiePie,” the gunman’s call at the beginning of the video, is a recent meme, referring to the YouTube star whose real name is Felix Kjellberg — but the gunman’s use of the phrase should not necessarily be read as an endorsement. (PewDiePie, a polarizing figure with a populist appeal, said on Twitter that he was “absolutely sickened having my name uttered by this person.”)

    Read more on PewDiePie, from 2017: What a bizarre career turn indicated about the nascent politics of social platforms.

    At times, the manifesto creates dubious associations with cultural figures he knows to be lightning rods for criticism.

    He wrote that Candace Owens, a black conservative commentator in the United States, was most responsible for radicalizing him, a claim that seemed intended as a joke.

    He called President Trump “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose,” but mocked him as “a policy maker and leader.”

    He railed against diversity, praising “non diverse nations” like China, which he said most closely shared his political and social values.

    In a question-and-answer section of the manifesto, he asked himself: Where did he research and develop his beliefs?

    “The internet, of course,” he wrote. “You will not find the truth anywhere else.”

    Correction: March 15, 2019

    An earlier version of this article misstated the status of the criminal case against the defendant in the shooting of 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue last October. The defendant, Robert Bowers, is accused of the crime. He has not been convicted.


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    A 17-minute video posted to social media appears to show part of the attack.

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    The clip, which may have been taken from a helmet camera worn by the gunman, begins behind the wheel of a car. A man, whose face can occasionally be seen in the rearview mirror, drives through the streets of Christchurch before pulling up in front of the Muslim Association of Canterbury and its adjoining mosque, beside the sprawling Hagley Park.

    He then approaches the front of the mosque on foot, his weapon visible, and begins shooting at people at the entrance. What follows is a harrowing nearly two minutes of his firing on the worshipers.

    At one point, the gunman exits the mosque and fires in both directions down the sidewalk before returning to his car for another gun — which, like the others, was inscribed with numbers, symbols or messages. When he re-enters the mosque, he shoots several bodies at close range.

    After another few minutes, he returns to his vehicle and drives away.

    “There wasn’t even time to aim, there was so many targets,” he says at one point, as the sirens of an emergency response vehicle blare in the background.



    An online manifesto

    Before the shooting, someone appearing to be the gunman publicly posted links to a manifesto on Twitter and the online forum 8chan. The 8chan post included a link to what appeared to be the gunman’s Facebook page, where he said he would also broadcast live video of the attack.

    The Twitter posts showed weapons covered in the names of past military generals and men who have recently carried out mass shootings.

    In his manifesto, he identified himself as a 28-year-old man born in Australia and listed his white nationalist heroes.

    He described what he said had motivated him to carry out the attack, and said he had purposely used guns to stir discord in the United States over the Second Amendment’s provision on the right to bear arms.


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    ‘One of New Zealand’s darkest days’

    Jacinda Ardern, the country’s prime minister, called Friday “one of New Zealand’s darkest days.”

    “What has happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence,” she said at a news conference in New Plymouth, describing the shooting as “an act that has absolutely no place in New Zealand.”

    “Many of those affected may be migrants to New Zealand — they may even be refugees here,” Ms. Ardern said of the victims. “They are one of us. The person who has perpetrated these acts is not.”

    “My thoughts, and I’m sure the thoughts of all New Zealanders, are with those affected and their families,” the prime minister added.



    Murders are rare in New Zealand, but guns aren’t

    Murders are rare in New Zealand, and gun deaths even rarer. There were 35 murders countrywide in 2017. And since 2007, gun homicides have been in the single digits each year except 2009, when there were 11.

    But there are plenty of guns.

    There were 1.2 million registered firearms in the country of 4.6 million people in 2017, according to the Small Arms Survey, a Swiss nonprofit.

    A mass shooting in the New Zealand in 1990 — when a man killed 13 people, including two 6-year-olds, after a dispute with his neighbor in the seaside town of Aramoana — led directly to tightened gun laws, including restrictions on “military style semiautomatic weapons.”

    Gun owners must be licensed, a process that includes a review of criminal activity and mental health, attendance at a safety program, an explanation of how the gun would be used, a residence visit to ensure secure storage, and testimonials from relatives and friends.

    Much like in the United States, gun laws remain a source of heated political debate.


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    New Zealand Terrorist Manifesto Influenced by Far-Right Online Ecosystem, Hatewatch Finds



    Brenton Tarrant, the man accused of murdering 49 worshippers and injuring dozens of others in two New Zealand mosques Friday, posted a manifesto steeped in white supremacist propaganda and references to “white genocide,” a belief that white people are being systematically replaced across the world by non-whites.

    The type of racist rhetoric found in the manifesto is promoted heavily by Americans with large platforms like Rep. Steve King of Iowa and Tucker Carlson of Fox News.

    Closer to where the apparent terror attack took place, such rhetoric is promoted by Sen. Fraser Anning, a member of Australia's right-wing “One Nation” party, who released a statement blaming the murders on Muslims, who were the victims of the attack.

    “In 2100, despite the ongoing effect of sub-replacement fertility, the population figures show that the population does not decrease in line with the sub-replacement fertility levels, but actually maintains and, even in many White nations, rapidly increases,” the alleged killer wrote in his manifesto. “All through immigration. This is ethnic replacement. This is cultural replacement. This is racial replacement. This is WHITE GENOCIDE.”

    Tarrant, a 28-year-old man from Australia, titled his manifesto “The Great Replacement.” This term can be traced to the French writer Renaud Camus. Influential on the racist right, Renaud is sometimes credited with inspiring the now infamous “Jews will not replace us” chant voiced by white nationalists and neo-Nazis on Aug. 11, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia, on the eve of the deadly “Unite the Right” rally.

    Lauren Southern, a Canadian far-right conspiracist who commands a large audience on YouTube, posted a video called “The Great Replacement” in July 2017, which was viewed over half-a-million times on Facebook and shared more than 7,000 times. Southern and racist alt-right YouTube performer Stefan Molyneux attempted to give a talk in New Zealand in August 2018, but the people running the venue cancelled the event after being swarmed by high-profile critics, including Jacinda Ardern, the country’s prime minister.

    The killer used an image that circulated heavily on the say-anything forum 8chan for the cover of his manifesto, a pie chart made up of components that white supremacists and fascists worldwide recognize as necessary for the existence of a healthy society. The components include such concepts as “Ethnic Autonomy,” “Environmentalism” and “Protection of Heritage and Culture.” The chart’s components extend out from the black sun symbol, or “schwarze sonne,” at its middle. The black sun, which was cherished by Himmler’s SS, is an ambiguous, esoteric symbol favored by a variety of fascists. Andrew Anglin, the editor of the Daily Stormer, has the same symbol tattooed on his chest.

    David Duke posted a version of the same meme used on the cover of the alleged killer’s manifesto from his Twitter account @DrDavidDuke on February 9. “Soon …,” Duke wrote.

    In the manifesto, the accused terrorist alludes repeatedly to the far-right ecosystem of online propaganda. Shortly before the shooting, a post apparently from Tarrant was made on the far-right forum 8chan. It read, “It’s time to stop shitposting and time to make a real life effort post.” “Shit posting” and “effort posting” refer to slang describing short and long pieces of writings on 8chan and similar forums.

    In his manifesto, Tarrant elaborated:


    Quote Originally Posted by Tarrant Manifesto
    Whilst we may use edgy humour and memes in the vanguard stage, and to attract a young audience, eventually we will need to show the reality of our thoughts and our more serious intents and wishes for the future. For now we appeal to the anger and black comedic nature of the present, but eventually we will need to show the warmth and genuine love we have for our people.

    Rhetoric reminiscent of “Siege,” Iron March and others

    The alleged killer also espoused a belief in “accelerationism,” the idea that violence should be used to push Western countries into becoming failed states. Adherents hope the collapse will give rise to radical, presently unthinkable changes in our society.

    Accelerationism is pushed heavily by admirers of the book Siege, a racist and pro-terrorism manifesto published over multiple years as a newsletter by neo-Nazi James Mason. It’s also a belief system that was promoted heavily on the neo-Nazi forum Iron March, users of which are linked to murders and terrorism in multiple Western countries.

    “Stability and comfort are the enemies of revolutionary change,” the New Zealand manifesto claims. “Therefore we must destabilize and discomfort society where ever [sic] possible.”

    The killer also added text to the manifesto that links directly to propaganda found on Iron March. The killer wrote, “KILL YOUR LOCAL DRUG DEALER,” an impulse encouraged by the radical, terroristic neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen Division.

    “Both illegal and legal drug dealers are our racial enemies, ruining the health, wealth, family structure, culture and future of our people,” the manifesto declared. “These peddlers of filth are active in every nation and behave without any thought of their impact on their societies.”

    The rhetoric used in the manifesto showcases a strong anti-capitalist, anti-global economy bent, which not only is common on Iron March, but also has been advocated by American antisemite Matthew Heimbach’s Traditionalist Worker Party. Michael Peinovich’s The Right Stuff podcast network has also increasingly embraced language that melds themes of building a state for only white people with anti-capitalism in recent months.

    “They will soon realize there are repercussions to being a race traitors [sic],” the manifesto declares, referring to people who work in finance. “These repercussions will hit them hard, fast and without mercy. If they flee we will follow them, if they hide we will find them, if they try to shield themselves behind the state we will break through and reach them.”

    “KILL YOUR LOCAL ANTI-WHITE CEO,” Tarrant writes.


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    After 49 killed in mass shootings at 2 New Zealand mosques, prime minister vows, 'our gun laws will change'

    March 15, 2019


    After 49 people were gunned down in terrorist attacks at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday, the prime minister is vowing to change gun laws.

    At least one gunman carried out what is now the deadliest shooting in New Zealand history.

    Forty-two others were injured, including two critically, in what became "one of New Zealand's darkest days," New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.

    Ardern said Saturday, "While the nation grapples with a form of grief and anger that we have not experienced before, we are seeking answers."

    She vowed that “while work is being done as to the chain of events that led to both the holding of this gun license and the possession of these weapons, I can tell you one thing right now: Our gun laws will change.”

    A gunman appeared to have livestreamed video of the shooting on social media, according to New Zealand police. He documented his trip from his car and into the worship center in central Christchurch, where he opened fire indiscriminately, police said.

    Officials said they were working to remove "extremely distressing footage" taken at the scene and urged social media users not to share it.

    Meanwhile, Sky Network Television -- New Zealand’s largest satellite television provider -- announced late Friday that it was removing Sky News Australia from its platform after the broadcaster apparently aired video of the attack.

    We stand in support of our fellow New Zealanders and have made the decision to remove Sky News Australia from our platform until we are confident that the distressing footage from yesterday’s events will not be shared #KiaKahaChristchurch https://t.co/Srh5E9Oilm

    — SKY New Zealand (@SKYNZ) March 15, 2019
    “We stand in support of our fellow New Zealanders and have made the decision to remove Sky News Australia from our platform until we are confident that the distressing footage from yesterday’s events will not be shared,” Sky Network officials said in a tweet.

    Three in custody

    Three people are in custody, including one Australian citizen. Brenton Tarrant, 28, was charged with murder and appeared in court Saturday, officials said.

    Authorities also said that the murder suspect will be facing more charges.

    “While the man is currently facing only one charge, further charges will be laid," New Zealand police officials tweeted from the department's verified account.

    "Details of those charges will be communicated at the earliest possible opportunity.”

    Five guns were used by the main suspect, including two semi-automatic weapons and two shotguns, the prime minister said at a news conference Saturday. The suspect had a gun license, she added.

    (MORE: How New Zealand's gun laws changed after an earlier deadly shooting)

    Police have not said if the same gunman shot at both mosques.

    “None of those apprehended had a criminal history either here or in Australia," and none were on any watch lists, Ardern said.

    Late Friday night, New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush told reporters that authorities are still "working through" the accounts of two additional people who were arrested as part of the investigation.

    “As you know we apprehended four people ... one was released quite early, a member of the public who just wanted to get their kids home but decided to take a firearm," Bush said. "There was another couple arrested at a cordon and we are currently working through whether or not those persons had any involvement in that incident. So when we know, we’ll be able to give you… but I don’t want to say anything until we’re sure.”

    Bush said that local authorities responded "immediately" to the reports of gunfire, and that within 36 minutes of the first shot being fired, the primary suspect was taken into custody.

    “That person was not willing to be arrested, I think you’ve probably seen some of that live video, there was live audio coming back to my command center in Wellington, of that apprehension and I can tell you as I was listening to that –- that person was non-compliant," Bush said.

    "We also believe that there were IEDs in that vehicle so it was a very dangerous maneuver," he said, referring to improvised explosive devices. "There were also firearms in that vehicle, so our staff, who were well-equipped, did engage with that person, and again put themselves in real danger to keep the community safe.”

    Bush vowed that local authorities "will be highly vigilant [and] highly present, to ensure that if there is anyone out here wanting to commit harm we can intervene.”

    Earlier, Bush said that the island nation is “dedicating all available resources to our response, not only in Christchurch but right across the country.”

    “This attack has been an enormous shock for all New Zealanders, and I am aware that there is a real sense of fear and concern for personal safety, particularly among our Muslim communities,” Bush said in a statement.

    He said that there is a heightened police presence nationwide, particularly at mosques and community events, and urged residents to immediately report anything suspicious to local authorities.

    Hospital overwhelmed

    Four of the 49 people killed in the massacre died on the way to the hospital, said Greg Robertson, chief of surgery at Christchurch Hospital.

    “It's unusual for surgeons in this part of the world to deal with gunshot wounds,” Robertson told reporters. “We've had experience overseas dealing with trauma. We also get experience in our own environment for a limited number of these events. But clearly we don't face the extreme load this incident put on us.”

    The surgeon went on to tell reporters on Friday night that 36 patients remained hospitalized at the Christchurch facility – 11 of them in the intensive care unit. He said the severity of injuries range from soft tissue injuries to head trauma. A 4-year-old girl wounded in the attack had to be transferred to another hospital in critical condition.


    'Shattered innocence'

    Witnesses said the attack occurred just before 1:40 p.m. local time as the Sheikh gave a sermon in Christchurch.

    "He just came in and he was shooting ad hoc," Ramzan Ali told The Associated Press.

    Ali said he survived by hiding beneath a bench.

    "I haven't seen him because I just lied down under the bench, thinking that if I get out, I'll get shot," he said. "I'm just keeping my fingers crossed so I could be alive."

    He added: "I was the last guy to come out of the mosque after the shooting stopped and on the doors there were a lot of bodies."

    "It's something that we never expected to have happen here," Christchurch MP Gerry Brownlee told "Good Morning America." "We're a relatively small population, and while we are ethnically quite diverse, we live very peaceable lives. And this, as many have seen, has shattered our innocence."

    Brownlee, who said he lives a short distance from one of the shooting sites, said, "Almost everyone will know someone or have a connection with the families of someone who has been either killed or seriously wounded today."

    Of the 49 people killed, New Zealand police said 41 victims died at the Deans Avenue Mosque, seven at the Linwood Avenue Mosque and one at a hospital.

    Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel believes the city was targeted because “we are a safe city and a safe country.”

    “He is not from here,” Dalziel said Saturday of the attacker. “He came here. He came here with hate in his heart and intention to kill in his mind. So he did not develop his hatred here. He came here to perform this act of terrorism."

    "His was the voice of hate, and the only way that communities can respond to the voice of hate is to come together and love, compassion and kindness," she said.

    'Abhorrent' attacks

    Queen Elizabeth in a statement said she's "deeply saddened by the appalling events in Christchurch."

    "Prince Philip and I send our condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives. I also pay tribute to the emergency services and volunteers who are providing support to those who have been injured," she said. "At this tragic time, my thoughts and prayers are with all New Zealanders."

    Friday afternoon President Trump said he spoke with New Zealand's prime minister about the "monstrous terrorist attacks."

    "These sacred places of worship were turned into scenes of evil killing," Trump said. "It's a horrible, horrible thing. I told the prime minister the United States is with them all the way, 10 percent, whatever they need, we will be there."

    The president went on to call New Zealand a great friend and asserted that "our relationship has never been better."

    President Trump had also tweeted condolences Friday morning.

    "My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the horrible massacre in the Mosques. 49 innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured," he tweeted. "The U.S. stands by New Zealand for anything we can do. God bless all!"

    U.S. Attorney General William Barr in a statement called the attack "a sobering reminder that the threat of political and religious violence is real and that we must remain vigilant against it."

    "Violence on the basis of religion is evil," Barr said. "The Justice Department joins in mourning with the people of New Zealand.”

    U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in a statement, "While we are not aware of any current, credible or active threat domestically, nor of any current information regarding obvious ties between the perpetrators in New Zealand and anyone in the US -- the Department is cognizant of the potential concerns members of Muslim-American communities may have as they gather at today’s congregational prayers."

    "Attacks on peaceful people in their place of worship are abhorrent and will not be tolerated," Nielsen stressed. "The Department strongly stands with those of all faiths as they seek to worship in peace and we will continue to work with stakeholders to protect the ability of all to worship freely and without fear."

    ABC News' Ben Gittleson, Jordyn Phelps, J. Gabriel Ware, Matt Foster, Will Gretsky and Darren Reynolds contributed to this report.



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