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Barack Obama Joins in on Condolences for New Zealand's Mass Shooting, Shares a Touching Statement

Junie Sihlangu
Mar 18, 2019
03:17 P.M.

On Friday, New Zealand faced a tragedy when a mass shooter opened fire in two mosques. Since then, people around the world have reached out to offer their support and condolences.

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Former US President Barack Obama also penned his own message to the country.

President Barack Obama took to Twitter to condemn the terrorist attack that occurred in New Zealand last week. In his message of support to the country, he also gave clear instructions on what the world should do next.

In his message he and his wife former first lady Michelle Obama said:

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“Michelle and I send our condolences to the people of New Zealand. We grieve with you and the Muslim community. All of us must stand against hatred in all its forms.”

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New Zealand police have since arrested Brenton Tarrant for killing 49 people at two mosques. Upon investigation, the authorities found that Tarrant had posted a 74-page manifesto online before going on his rampage.

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In it, he explained that his actions had been motivated by the far-right extremism he saw in the United States. He also mentioned other places where he had intended to kill people if he hadn’t been caught.

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The 28-year-old white man also revealed that he looked upon the current US president, Donald Trump as a “symbol of white supremacy.” He announced that he was taking a stand for his people before live-streaming the massacre.

Three other people were also taken into custody in connection with the shootings. Two men and one woman were allegedly caught with weapons on the same day.

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Trump also sent his “sympathy” to the people of New Zealand and called the tragedy senseless, although some people responded to his tweet with accusations of being responsible for inciting hate and division. Hundreds of people were praying at the mosques in Christchurch when Tarrant barged in wearing black military clothing before opening fire.

Addressing the shooting, Trump said he didn’t see white nationalism as a rising global threat. His answer, when asked about it at the Oval Office, was: "I don't really.”

He added, "I think it's a small group of people that have very, very serious problems, I guess."

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