Who Is Brenton Tarrant, White Supremacist Who Live Streamed Killing Of 49 In New Zealand Mosque Terrorist Attack?
Brenton Tarrant, a white supremacist from Australia opened fire at a New Zealand mosque killing 49 and injuring numerous others.
Tarrant, a 28-year-old trainer, authored a 70-page anti-immigrant manifesto that rants about white genocide and apparent hatred of Muslim culture. In the document, Tarrant refers to himself as European, and having European blood as well as touching on his other beliefs.
“I am just a regular white man, from a regular family, who decided to take a stand to ensure a future for my people. My parents are of Scottish, Irish and English stock. I had a regular childhood, without any great issues.” the document reads.
Tarrant claims he had the attack planned for two years prior to the shooting which he live streamed from a helmet camera to his Twitter account which has since been taken down.
Prominent world leaders and political figures have issued responses and shared their sympathy following the attacks with many tightening security around Mosque’s.
While there is no specific or credible threat at this time, we are increasing our NYPD presence at mosques throughout the city out of an abundance of caution. New Yorkers heading to prayer can be confident that their city will protect them. https://t.co/RGMsbXQH3p
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) March 15, 2019
“The United States strongly condemns the attack in Christchurch. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. We stand in solidarity with the people of New Zealand and their government against this vicious act of hate,” said the White House statement.
Many of the 2020 Democrat Presidential hopefuls have issued statements as well via twitter.
I’m sickened by the news coming out of New Zealand—the horrific terrorist attack targeting Muslims at prayer that killed at least 49 people.
The rising tide of white supremacy and Islamophobia around the globe must be met with our determination to work against hate.
My heart is heavy with grief for New Zealand & Muslims worldwide affected by the tragic murders in Christchurch. The massacre of those in a house of worship, in prayer, is evil & cowardly. We stand with our friends around the world to condemn hate & speak out against intolerance.
“We grieve with you and the Muslim community,” former U.S. President Barack Obama tweeted early Friday morning following the attacks. With Donald Trump tweeting his “warmest sympathies” to the victims and their church families.
My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the horrible massacre in the Mosques. 49 innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured. The U.S. stands by New Zealand for anything we can do. God bless all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 15, 2019