Erdogan urges justice for New Zealand mosque attack victims | #114438

Saul Bowman
March 19, 2019

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan showed video footage at an election rally yesterday from an attack on two New Zealand mosques which killed 49 people and said the suspected gunman had made threats against Turkish Muslims.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan attends a ceremony marking the 104th anniversary of Battle of Canakkale, also known as the Gallipoli Campaign, in Canakkale, Turkey March 18, 2019.

Recep Tayip Erdogan on Monday said he would send home "in caskets" anyone who tried to commit such an attack in his country, using the footage to warn against rising Islamophobia, according to The Guardian.

"They are testing us from 16,500km away, from New Zealand, with the messages they are giving from there".

Commenting on Turkish-EU relations, Erdogan said the EU can not halt Turkey's accession negotiations because they need Turkey.

Erdogan reportedly screened videos at multiple campaign rallies in recent days showing the livestream of the assault on Muslim houses of worship at the same time social media giants have been working to remove the footage of the mosque rampage from their platforms. "This isn't an individual act, this is organized", he said, without elaborating.

"We do not want to see a cross and crescent conflict again", Erdogan said in a reference to Christians and Muslims.

A senior Turkish security source said Tarrant had entered Turkey twice in 2016 - for a week in March and for more than a month in September.

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.

At least 50 people were killed when a terrorist opened fire on worshippers during Friday prayers at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch.

Fuat Oktay's remarks came during his meeting with Winston Peters, the deputy prime minister and foreign minister of New Zealand.

Interviewed on Turkey's Haberturk television on Thursday, Erdogan said Benjamin Netanyahu was "walking around with this stain" of corruption.

Peters said that he raised the issue with Turkish officials visiting New Zealand as part of an official delegation.

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