SYDNEY (AP) – The shooter behind at least one of the New Zealand mosque shooters who left 49 people dead on Friday, tried to make a few things clear in the manifesto he left behind: He is a 28-year-old Australian white nationalist who hate immigrants. He was angry with attacks in Europe committed by Muslims. He wanted revenge, and he wanted to create fear.
Although he also wanted attention.
Although he claimed not to fame, the gunman – whose name was not immediately released by the police – was left with a 74 page document published on social media under the name of Brenton Tarrant, where he said he hoped to survive. the attack to better spread its views in the media.
He also lived in the world in graphic detail of his attacks on the worshipers of Christchurch's Al Noor Mosque.
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While his manifesto and video were a blatant and contemptible threat to infamy, they contain important traces for a public trying to understand why anyone would target dozens of innocent people who simply spend an afternoon engaged in prayer.
There could no longer confuse a framework for mass slaughter than new Zealand, a nation so calm and so isolated from the mass shooters, that plagues the US that police officers rarely carry weapons.
Yet, gunman even highlighted New Zealand's distinction as a reason he chose it. He wrote that an attack in New Zealand would show that no place on earth was safe and that even a country as far away as New Zealand is the subject of mass immigration.
He said he grew up in a working class Australian family, had a typical childhood and was a poor student. A woman who said she was a colleague of his when working as a personal trainer in the Australian city of Grafton said she was shocked at the allegations against him.
"I can't … believe that someone I have probably had daily contacts with and shared conversations and interact with would be capable of something in this extreme," Tracey Gray tells the Australian radio company.
The bursting manifesto is full of confusing and seemingly contradictory claims of his conviction.
Beyond His white nationalist point of view, he claimed to be an environmentalist and said he is a fascist who believes that China is the nation most suited to its political and social values. He said he has contempt for the richest 1 percent. And he designated American Conservative commentator Candace Owens as the person who had influenced him the most while saying, "The extreme actions she calls for are too much, even to my liking."
In a tweet, Owens replied by saying that if the media portrayed her as inspiration for the attack, it had better hiring lawyers.
The manuscript also contained a single reference to President Donald Trump, where the author asked and answered the question of whether he was a Trump supporter: "As a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose? Yes, as a policy maker and leader? Dear God no. "
Through the manifesto, the theme that he most often returns to is conflict between people of European origin and Muslims who often hit it with regard to the crusades.
Among his hated statements was a demand that he was motivated by violence by an incident that occurred in 2017 while traveling through Western Europe. It was when a Uzbek man drove a truck in a crowd in Stockholm and killed five.
He said his desire for violence grew when he arrived in France, where he said he was offended by the sight of immigrants in the cities and cities he visited.
Three months ago, he said he was planning to target Christchurch. He said he donated to many nationalist groups, but did not claim to be a direct member of any organization. He admitted, however, contacts with an anti-immigration group called the reborn Knights Templar and said he received Anders Breivik's approval for the attack, a claim that has not been confirmed.
Breivik is a right wing Norwegian extremist who killed 77 people in Oslo and a nearby island in 2011. Breivik's lawyer Oeystein Storrvik told Norway's VG newspaper that his client, who is in prison, has "very limited contacts with the outside world, so it seems very unlikely he has been in contact with the New Zealand gunman.
Sagittarius hit on the supposed targets of the attack, which included reducing immigration by scaring immigrants and driving a wedge between NATO and the Turkish people. He also said he was hoping for further polarization and destabilization of the West and sparking a civil war in the United States that would eventually result in a separation of races. The attack has had the opposite impact, with condemnation of bloodshed, leaning from every continent and calling for unity against hatred and violence.
The gun used various hat symbols associated with the Nazis and white supremacy. For example, the number 14 is seen on his rifle, a possible reference to "14 Words", a white supremacist slogan attributed to Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. He also used the symbol of the Schwarze Sonne or the black sun, which "has become synonymous with many real groups moving in neo-Nazis," the center said.
His victims, he wrote, were chosen because he saw them as intruders who would replace the white race. He predicted that he would not feel famous for their death. And in the video he livestreamed by his shooting, no remorse can be seen or heard as he burst frightening worshipers with bullets over and over again, sometimes he shoots at people he has already cut down.
He left a carnage that shocked the nation and the world. It was, according to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, "one of New Zealand's darkest days".