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Christchurch is United in sadness and disgust

For a brief Moment, one could believe that everything was only a bad dream, so calm the Hagley Park is in the early morning hours of Saturday, as normal, the bird sounds chirping, so relaxed a Jogger runs on one of the trails along the big Park in the centre of Christchurch by a cross. Only on a second Look, the red-and-white police tape moves into the field of view, then, the heavily-armed guards securing the place on Friday afternoon at 13.40 an assassin opened fire on praying Muslims.

In the attack at least 50 people had been killed, dozens of people are still treated in hospitals. The death Archer of Christchurch has been planned according to the government, more murders. "He had the intent of his attack to continue," said the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern last Saturday.

Video: Brenton T. appears in court The Suspect that is charged with the murder, appeared at the Saturday morning at the court in Christchurch. Video: AFP

The offender, an Australian who has lived for several years in new Zealand, was presented on Saturday in handcuffs and white prisoner's clothes to the court date. In doing so, he showed the "Okay"sign to the cameras, as it is widely used in the English-speaking world: the thumb and index held together by a finger, the other fingers splayed irritating. According to new Zealand media reports, he has not commented on the allegations.

"When I went over, tipped over suddenly a to"

In the course of the Morning, more and more people come to the West side of the Park. Only you know right where they are supposed to, the flowers and condolence cards you have brought, store.

But then a traffic island is removed on a closed-off intersection, about three hundred meters from the mosque, to the gathering place of mourners. Even if more and more people are all of those traffic island present, which normally regulates the access road in the residential district, where the mosque is, silence about the Events.

Some Mourners standing motionless next to oranges Warnkegeln, others sit in the middle of the intersection and placed the head in the arms. Some have brought their children, these are not your weeping mothers and fathers-in-arms.

picture gallery: terrorist attack in new Zealand

The Pensioner Maree Dennehy, who lives on the back of the mosque, not tells, how you went on Friday at 13.40 o'clock from the house and wondered who ran this time, a fireworks: "I thought in the first Moment too much and got into my car, then I turned the corner and drove past the mosque, where some of the people on the citizens were dough. Just as I was passing by, tipped over suddenly, one out of this group, then the next – until I realized that these people were shot." Dennehy ran away from the scene of the crime to her sister's house, while Listening to the news, the extent of the assassination, she became aware of it.

the next day the older woman exudes a remarkable degree of calm. As a pair of two victims tried, despite protests from the barriers to cross to get to the scene of the crime, she goes to the man and talking Calmy to him. She knows the people who pray in their vicinity. "Even if I'm not Muslim, I was often visiting the mosque," she says: "There were always events to which I am gone. It was always a friendly neighborhood."

Some of the reports in tears, of how they cared for their children, played in the Park. A burly, older man who does not want to give his last name to the media, and just as Dean imagines, hums to herself: "This is not who we are", and "That's not us", and brings with it a feeling that is also shared by other mourners. Also above the small sea of Flowers at the traffic island, someone attached a cardboard hand-made sign that said, "This is not NZ", "This is not new Zealand".

As a reaction, the government wants to toughen the gun laws

in The late morning a group of students of Christchurch Boys’ High School, most of them come from Tonga, an island nation North of new Zealand. You brought a guitar, stand in a circle and sing a gentle, poignant song in the language of the Maori, the indigenous people of new Zealand. The teacher introduces himself as Albany Peseta, he tells how he got together with his students prayed yesterday, to dispel fear, while the school was on lockdown.

With tears in a voice sometimes choked Peseta in one sentence summarizes the feelings of a city that feels responsible for the small Muslim community that was attacked on Friday: "The people who died yesterday, and their ancestors came to new Zealand in order to have a better life – just like we all do. They were not allowed to, breaks my heart."

As a reaction to the most brutal attack in the recent history of new Zealand, the government wants to toughen the gun laws. "Our gun laws will change," said the Prime Minister Ardern on Saturday.

In the Pacific country, you may have yet to a Review by the authorities at the age of 16 weapons. This requires a permit, must register the weapons but not all of them individually. The offender had a firearms license. He was also a member in a shooting club.

(Sunday newspaper)

Created: 16.03.2019, 23:46 PM

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