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In light of the terrorist attacks at Mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand that left 50 innocent people dead and scores injured – and obviously both local and global attention zeroed on the despicable heinous attack; it is understandable people are talking about it everyday these days – new discourse on the definition of terrorism whether it ‘is immigrant’, homegrown or both.
But listen to this.
This last Sunday at Haymarket Leicester bus station I was confronted by a stranger …all he wanted was a lighter for a fag. Of course the guy was ‘way way worse for wear’ and could barely hold steady his can of cider- above the limit but could still just about talk – how miserable and depressed every people look in winter.
He also asked me: “Where are you from?”. I’m getting used to this type of interrogations from strangers – especially from my fellow immigrants. Anyways I let him know I am from Southern Africa, Zimbabwe; and that I have not been able to travel back there since I left 2000 to which he commented:
“Oh! Aah! Zimbabwe? Is it one of those ‘sh++ hole’ countries? To which we both laughed.
I then inquired his country of origin and he told me to which I was understandably shocked. It is a very religious country where alcohol is banned and women cannot just wonder off on streets without a ‘male escort’, could be a small boy or adult.
Any way in our brief encounter I protested why he was drinking; an act against his religion.
He answered in the most direct and eloquent manner:
‘I come from a country where we don’t drink alcohol but eat bullets’
“We absolutely believe we know where he was going and we intervened on the way.”
The first and most deadly attack was on the Al Noor Mosque on Deans Avenue. The gunman then drove seven kilometres to Linwood Mosque. Two police officers apprehended the alleged gunman on Brougham Street.
So what was that third target they stopped him from reaching?
In the accused gunman’s manifesto, he said it would be the Ashburton mosque, more than an hour’s drive down the southern motorway. There were 20 people at the Ashburton Mosque on Friday afternoon.
“All the people in the mosque they were very very worried and I call the police, the Ashburton Police. Yeah we were very very stressful actually,” says Mohamed Diab, Ashburton Muslim Community president.
Police have also given a new timeline of how they responded.
Police received its first 111 call at 1:41pm. The offender was apprehended at the roadside on Brougham Street 21 minutes later.
“I can tell you that within five minutes and 39 seconds, our first responders, armed on the scene, ready to respond,” Bush says.
“Within 10 minutes our armed offenders squad were on scene ready to respond, and within 21 minutes the person that is now in custody was arrested.”
The alleged gunman was in a cell at the Justice Precinct within 36 minutes of that first 111 call.
American FBI agents are working on the ground in Christchurch and in Wellington bolstered by Australian Federal Police and assistance from New Zealand’s Five Eyes partners.
Right-wing radio host Jesse Lee Peterson claimed Muslims in America are “treated better” than white people as he expressed concern that repressed white Americans may be incited to carry out an attack in the U.S. similar to the recent massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand, that left at least 50 dead.
Peterson said during his Friday radio show that “white people are getting angry rather than speaking up prior to anger” because “normal whites” and Christians are treated more poorly in the U.S. than Muslims are.
The controversial pro–Donald Trump host rejected the labeling of suspected Christchurch mosque shooter as a “white supremacist,” claiming he doesn’t understand the news media’s definition. Peterson warned listeners not to support politicians, including Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar, because “if white people get angry, this is what’s going to happen” in the United States.
Peterson, who is black, claimed on his national show he doesn’t “really know what it means” for someone to be a white supremacist in New Zealand and derided the term.
“But I know here in this country, the antifa people are protected,” he said, referring to anti-fascist militant groups. “And they are more violent and terrorist than normal whites. But the normal whites are called ‘white supremacy’ while the radical, antifa whites are being protected” by the Democratic Party and news media.
Peterson went on to justify his claim that Muslims in America are treated better than white people by pointing to the 2018 election of Minnesota Democrat Omar and Michigan Representative Rashida Tlaib, the nation’s first two Muslim congresswomen.
“In this country, the Muslims are treated better than the Christians and white people,” Peterson continued. “We just saw where they allow two Muslims to become congressmen [sic] in our government, and that is not good. Those two women hate Israel, and they hate America.”
Both Tlaib and Omar expressed their sadness and shock with the news last Friday of the New Zealand massacre. Tlaib issued a statement saying, “This morning I tried to hold back tears as I hugged my two brown, Muslim boys a little tighter and longer. I am so angry at those who follow the ‘white supremacy’ agenda in my own country that sends a signal across the world that massacres like this is some kind of call to action.”
Peterson gave some advice to angry white people who may be considering mimicking the New Zealand mosque shooting: “You’ve got to start standing up before you get your anger out of control in this country.”
On Sunday morning, Peterson tweeted a headline from the right-wing New American magazine to his nearly 55,000 followers: “Christchurch Shooter Praises Communist China, Condemns Conservatism and Capitalism: Media Call Him a Trump Supporter.” The right-wing minister is only one of dozens of high-profile conservatives defending Trump and his rhetoric against accusations he influenced the New Zealand shooter.
Last year, Peterson claimed there wasn’t one thing he could think of that black people went into and “made better.” And a white producer of his show proclaimed on the air that the n-word is not racist.
At least one person has been killed and several others wounded in a shooting on a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht, police in the Netherlands have said.
Authorities immediately raised the terror alert for the area to the maximum level and said they are considering the possibility of a “terrorist motive” in the attack.
Dutch military police went on extra alert at Dutch airports and at key buildings in the country as the police launched a manhunt for the gunman.
Heavily armed police officers flooded the October 21st square, a tram station outside the city centre where the shooting took place, and later erected a white tent over an area where a body appeared to be lying next to the tram.
Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte called the situation “very worrying” and the country’s counterterror coordinator said a crisis team was meeting to discuss the situation.