Reactions to the plot in Christchurch - Politics

The world reacts horrified to the attacks. The Federal Government, the American President, the EU and many others express their condolences. The reactions at a glance.

At least 49 killed and dozens injured: The world is appalled by the attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. The attackers opened the fire during Friday prayers. Three men and one woman were arrested.

government spokesman Steffen Seibert Tweeted a message from Chancellor Merkel"Deeply shaken, I follow the news from Christchurch. I mourn with the New Zealanders for their fellow citizens who peacefully raided their mosques and were murdered out of racial hatred, standing side by side against such terror."

Secretary of State Heiko Maas wrote on Twitter: "We are deeply shaken by the brutal crime in Christchurch, and in these hard times we stand by our New Zealand friends, and all our compassion goes out to the families and friends of the victims."

US President Donald Trump promises assistance: "My heartfelt sympathy and best wishes go to the people of New Zealand after the terrible massacre in the mosques, 49 innocent people have died so futilely, so many more have been seriously injured." The US is New Zealand, with everything we can do May God bless all! "

Also Queen Elizabeth II Turning to the people of the former English colony: "I am deeply affected by the terrible events in Christchurch today, Prince Philip and I want to offer our condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives pay tribute to volunteers who took care of the injured, and in this tragic time, my thoughts and prayers are with all New Zealanders. "

Also the British Prime Minister Theresa May condoled: "My thoughts are with all those affected by this vile act of violence," she wrote in the short message service Twitter. The London parliament put a minute's silence to the victims. May later said that the United Kingdom is ready to help New Zealand "as much as we can".

Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Union, assured New Zealand to stand by its side in the fight against terrorism: "I have learned with horror and deep sadness of the terrorist attack on the Christchurch mosque, and the European Union will always be on the side of New Zealand and against those who want to destroy in a detestable way our societies and our way of life. "

Also EU Council President Donald Tusk wrote on behalf of the EU: "Shattering news from New Zealand tonight The brutal attack in Christchurch will never diminish the tolerance and decency New Zealand is famous for." Our thoughts in Europe are with the victims and their families PM Jacinda Ardern can count on our solidarity. "

The Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan sees the attacks as the latest example of growing hatred of Muslims: "On behalf of the people of my country, I would like to offer my condolences to the Islamic world and to the people of New Zealand who have been the victims of this despicable act, the latest example of growing racism and Islamophobia. "

The CDU chairman Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer It also expressed its horror: "No matter who hate, violence and terror are aimed at, in the end people die, children lose their parents and parents lose their children, there can be no explanation and never apologize, never in Christchurch raise a doubt about it. "

Andrea Nahles, Chairman of the SPD, wrote: "I am deeply shaken by Christchurch's heinous terrorist attack Whoever attacks Muslims attacks us all – this hate should never have a place with us – neither in New Zealand nor anywhere else – my sympathy goes out to all my relatives Stay strong, New Zealand! "

The leading candidate of the European People's Party (EPP) for the European elections, Manfred Weber, Called to crack down on terrorism, "Our thoughts are with the people of New Zealand and the victims of the terrible attack in two mosques in the city of Christchurch, we must all fight terrorism and fight hatred together."

football star Cristiano Ronaldo was also shocked: "Our thoughts are with the victims, their families, and anyone affected by this tragedy."

Also the English football club Manchester United expressed compassion: "The thoughts of everyone at Manchester United are with those affected by today's attacks in New Zealand."

Terrorism What is known about the attack

What is known about the attack

The main suspect is a 28-year-old Australian who is scheduled to appear in court tomorrow and is charged with murder. The facts at a glance.


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