Flags have been lowered to half-staff at Confederation Building in memory of the lives lost in a murderous rampage in Christchurch, New Zealand.
The provincial government says out of respect, and as a symbol of sorrow, the flags will remain lowered until sunrise tomorrow.
Local residents have been dropping off flowers, letters and notes of sympathy and support at the Mosque in St. John’s in response to the deadly attack that left 49 people dead.
Meanwhile, Federal Security Minister Ralph Goodale says Canada shares in the grief, having witnessed a similar deadly attack in St. Foy Quebec two years ago.
An overwhelming feeling of sadness at news of the horrific shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, NZ where the lives of 49 people were taken & 42 injured, two critically. Thoughts & prayers go out to the Muslim community in NL & throughout the world during this difficult time.
— LG Judy Foote (@judy_foote) March 15, 2019
An anti-immigration terrorist attack in New Zealand has left many in shock across the globe.
According to the alleged attackers, migrants were the targets of two shootings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, which left 49 dead and 20 wounded.
Prior to the shooting one suspect left a 74-page anti-immigration manifesto and published a video praising far-right American pundits. Three men and a woman are in custody, with one man so far charged with murder.
Justin Campbell is the diversity outreach coordinator with the Association of New Canadians. He says this kind of thinking isn’t a uniquely right-wing or left-wing problem, but it is a problem that people in this province are responding to.
He says while there have been increasing anti-immigration voices in the public sphere, there has been a larger more organized movement against that, not only in the form of counter-protests but also, as with the Quebec City mosque attack in 2017, an outpouring of support from the community at large.
Attacking people during prayers is absolutely appalling, and Canada strongly condemns today’s shootings in New Zealand. Our thoughts and hearts go out to the victims and their families, and we join New Zealanders and Muslim communities around the world in grieving.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) March 15, 2019