A silent candlelight protest was carried out by women in Hyderabad on March 17. The protest was held to show solidarity with the victims of New Zealand’s twin mosque attacks where 50 people, including 5 Indians were killed.
One of the women protesters, Sumitra said, “We are here to condemn the terror attack happened in New Zealand. We believe that people should be above religion. They should live for people. All citizen should together to voice for peace. These terror attacks are happening at a global level. Where ever a terror attack happens, we should condemn it.”
“Nobody organised this solidarity meeting. We all voluntary came here. This cruelty is shocking because the mosque is a religious place. Why people are becoming intolerant towards another religion and belief. We are condemning this. We are here to show solidarity,” a woman said.
The terror attacks at Al Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand where a white supremacist opened fire on worshippers claimed the life of at least 50 people offering Friday prayers at the two mosques.
The Indian High Commission in New Zealand confirmed the death of 5 Indian nationals in the earlier on March 17.
With a very heavy heart we share the news of loss of precious lives of our 5 nationals in ghastly terror attack in #Christchurch
Mr. Maheboob Khokhar
Mr. Ramiz Vora
Mr. Asif Vora
Ms Ansi Alibava
Mr. Ozair Kadir@kohli_sanjiv @MEAIndia @SushmaSwaraj 1/3
— India in New Zealand (@IndiainNZ) March 16, 2019
The terror attack suspect, who live-streamed for about 17 minutes his rampage through the two mosques, was remanded in custody without plea until April 5.
Condemning the terror strike, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had described the attack as “one of New Zealand’s darkest days” and said it “appears to have been well planned”. She asserted that the country “will not and cannot be shaken” by the attack.