Published: Mon, March 18, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Erdogan screens New Zealand mosque shooting footage at election rally

Erdogan screens New Zealand mosque shooting footage at election rally

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan showed video footage at an election rally from the attack on two New Zealand mosques that killed 50 people and said the suspected gunman had made threats against Turkish Muslims.

"The terrorist attacks in Christchurch on 15 March, which were motivated by extreme right-wing ideology, have attracted global attention and strong worldwide condemnation".

"We are coming for Constantinople and we will destroy every mosque and minaret in the city", Tarrant wrote, referring to Istanbul and claiming the city will be "rightfully Christian-owned once more". "This was not an individual act, but organized".

Erdogan has played blurred clips of the video at campaign rallies in several Turkish cities over the past few days, to fire up his conservative Islamist supporters and attack his political opponents ahead of local elections scheduled for later this month.

The delegation from Turkey, a Muslim-majority country, has arrived to show their support to Muslims, she said.

After Friday prayers, dozens of people gathered outside Istanbul's Fatih Mosque - one of the city's main mosques - chanting condemnation of the attack and waving signs saying "Stop global terrorism" and "Crusader Savagery in New Zealand".

Erdogan has long cast himself as a champion of Muslims living in the West, condemning anti-Muslim racism in Europe while portraying many of Turkey's squabbles with Western nations as the result of prejudice.

Facebook already removed 1.5 million copies of New Zealand attack video
Footage from this stream later found its way into other platforms such as Instagram , Twitter, YouTube , and Reddit. There are nearly certainly still versions of the video available online, despite the efforts to remove them.


On Saturday, around 500 protesters gathered outside the Hagia Sophia, which is now a museum but was once a church before being turned into a mosque during the Ottoman empire.

Footage of the New Zealand mosque shootings that was pulled down by Facebook, YouTube and other social media platforms has resurfaced as a campaign prop in Turkey.

"Your grandparents came here. and they returned in caskets".

Tarrant visited Turkey at least twice in the past few years, Turkish officials said.

Describing the incident as a massacre, Anadolu news agency quoted Erdogan lashing out at one of the attackers, who prior to the attacks emailed an 87-page manifesto to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's Office, where he had allegedly mentioned about his earlier visit to Istanbul apart from propagating anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim ideas.

Turkish relations with New Zealand have generally been good, strengthened by Gallipoli commemorations which emphasize shared sacrifices in battle as much as the confrontation itself.

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