New Zealand suspect ‘says he is racist eco-fascist who is mostly introverted’
Mar 15th 2019 5:50AM
A suspect in the New Zealand mosque shootings appears to have described himself as an "ordinary white man" who "decided to take a stand".
Brenton Tarrant, 28, from Australia, was named in media reports in his home country as the gunman who appeared to have live-streamed the attack in Christchurch on Facebook as he shot victims in a mosque.
In a 74-page manifesto, believed to have been written by Tarrant, he describes anti-immigrant motives, saying the victims were a "large group of invaders" who he says "seek to occupy my peoples lands and ethnically replace my own people (sic)".
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed that one of the people taken into custody by New Zealand authorities is an Australian.
The manifesto, posted online, features a series of questions and answers, and opens with one asking: "Who are you?"
The answer says: "Just a ordinary White man, 28 years old. Born in Australia to a working class, low income family.
I am just a regular White man, from a regular family. Who decided to take a stand to ensure a future for my people
Shootings suspect Brenton Tarrant in his manifesto
"My parents are of Scottish, Irish and English stock. I had a regular childhood, without any great issues. I had little interest in education during my schooling, barely achieving a passing grade."
He adds: "I am just a regular White man, from a regular family. Who decided to take a stand to ensure a future for my people."
He describes himself as "a private and mostly introverted person" and admits he is racist, adding that he is an "Eco-fascist by nature".
He said New Zealand was not the original choice for an attack, saying he only came to the country temporarily to plan and train.
Slideshow preview image
New Zealand mosque shooting
On his planning for the attack, he wrote: "I begun planning an attack roughly two years in advance and an attack at the location in Christchurch three months in advance."
Answering whether he supports Brexit, he wrote: "Yes, though not for an official policy made. The truth is that eventually people must face the fact that it wasn't a damn thing to do with the economy.
"That it was the British people firing back at mass immigration, cultural displacement and globalism, and that's a great and wonderful thing."
As a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose? Sure. As a policy maker and leader? Dear god no
Brenton Tarrant on US President Donald Trump
On whether or not he is a supporter of US President Donald Trump, he wrote: "As a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose? Sure. As a policy maker and leader? Dear god no."
Sir Oswald Mosley is the person from history that he says he would most associate himself with.
An archive of a Facebook page thought to belong to Tarrant contained dozens of posts in the last week about multiculturalism in Europe, with several referring directly to the UK.
Among them were YouTube recordings of speeches by Sir Oswald.
Australian senator condemned for linking terror attack to ‘Muslim immigration’
Mar 15th 2019 6:16AM
An Australian senator has been condemned across the globe after he blamed the New Zealand terror attack on Muslim immigration.
In the wake of the outrage, which left 49 people dead at two mosques in Christchurch, Fraser Anning tweeted: "Does anyone still dispute the link between Muslim immigration and violence?"
In a statement shared by an Australian journalist on Twitter, the Queensland senator also wrote: "As always, left-wing politicians and the media will rush to claim that the causes of today's shootings lie with gun laws or those who hold nationalist views but this is all cliched nonsense.
Senator Fraser Anning
Does anyone still dispute the link between Muslim immigration and violence?
5:50 AM - Mar 15, 2019
Twitter Ads info and privacy
7,228 people are talking about this
"The real cause of bloodshed on New Zealand streets today is the immigration program which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place."
The remarks were denounced by UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid, who accused the senator of stoking extremism.
Mr Javid tweeted: "At a time for grieving and reflection, this Australian senator @fraser_anning fans the flames of violence & extremism.