An Australian-born citizen has issued a 74-page “manifesto” saying he carried out the fatal shootings at Christchurch mosques claiming the lives of up to 40 people on Friday to avenge the deaths of thousands in Europe.
The man, who identified himself on Twitter as ‘Brenton Tarrant’ from Australia prepared his manifesto titled “The Great Replacement” and posted it on a message board website.
Australian prime minister Scott Morrison confirmed an Australian citizen is one of four in custody after describing the attack as a callous right-wing extremist attack by terrorists.
It’s believed Tarrant is the man who live streamed himself performing a massacre inside the Masjid Al Noor in Hagley Park as hundreds gathered for Friday morning prayer.
He describes himself as “Just an ordinary White man, 28 years old. Born in Australia to a working class, low income family.”
He said he had a regular childhood but had little interest in education and has recently worked as a “kebab removalist”.
Why he carried out Christchurch mosque attack
Under a heading “Why did you carry out the attack?” he says it was to avenge “thousands of deaths caused by foreign invaders.”
“To most of all show the invaders that our lands will never be their lands, our homelands are our own and that, as long as a white man still lives, they will NEVER conquer our lands and they will never replace our people,” he writes.
“To take revenge on the invaders for the hundreds of thousands of deaths caused by foreign invaders in European lands throughout history.
“To take revenge for the enslavement of millions of Europeans taken from their lands by the Islamic slavers.
“To take revenge for the thousands of European lives lost to terror attacks throughout European lands.
“To directly reduce immigration rates to European lands by intimidating and physically removing the invaders themselves.
“To incite violence, retaliation and further divide between the European people and the invaders currently occupying European soil.
“To avenge those European men and women lost in the constant and never ending wars of European history who died for their lands, died for their people only to have their lands given away to any foreign scum that bother to show up.”
‘A vicious, murderous attack’, says Morrison
Prime Minister Morrison said he was shocked, appalled and outraged by the attack.
“Westand here and condemn absolutelythe attack that occurred today by anextremist, right-wing, violent, terrorist,” he said on Friday.
“Who has taken the lives,stolen the lives, in a vicious, murderous attack, that has claimed so many New Zealanders. This attack reminds us of the evil that his ever present and would seek to strike out at any time.”
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