Mass murder in Christchurch New Zealand

This morning, Britons awoke to the shocking news that gunmen had opened fire on Muslim worshippers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, a country widely regarded as one of the safest countries on Earth.

At the time of writing, the death toll stands at 49. Our prayers go out to the victims and their families.

In days to come, much thought will, quite rightly, be given to how such attacks can be dealt with more rapidly, or intercepted before they take place, and how to deal with the evil ideology that appears to have motivated the attacker or attackers.

However, today is a day for mourning, and for quiet reflection on how such unspeakable horrors can emerge from nowhere.

We thank our police force for the extra measures taken today to reassure Muslim worshippers in the UK, and the many politicians and religious leaders who have spoken out following the massacre. If the killers sought to divide Muslims and non-Muslims, they have failed and will continue to fail.

We have embedded below tweets issued this morning by the Prime Minister, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Chief Rabbi.

Condolences letter to New Zealand High Commissioner

The CMF Chairman subsequently sent a letter of condolences to the High Commissioner, which is reproduced below:

18 March 2019

The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae GNZM, QSO, KStJ
High Commissioner to the United Kingdom
New Zealand High Commission
80 Haymarket
Dear Sir Jerry
Like many, I have always regarded New Zealand as one of the safest countries on Earth. While I have never been there, my youngest daughter has visited your country twice, most recently spending two months there in December and January.
This made it particularly shocking when I heard the news of the horrific murderous attack on Muslim worshippers carried out during Friday prayers in Christchurch.
On behalf of the Conservative Muslim Forum, I am writing to thank you for the manner in which your government has dealt with this awful tragedy. Please could you also convey our condolences and prayers to the bereaved and injured in your country.
Please could you also convey my admiration to your Prime Minister for her unequivocal words in the aftermath of the tragedy. I am conscious of how traumatic it must have been for her personally, given that she is the mother of a 9-month old baby.
Yours sincerely
Mohammed Amin

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The Conservative Muslim Forum was founded by Lord Sheikh in 2005. All of its members are full members of the Conservative Party.

One Comment on "Mass murder in Christchurch New Zealand"

    Every Mosque or group of Mosques or Mosque representatives could be sent an official communiqué by the Conservative Central Office as a gesture of supports and condemnation. This is to be done, not to win favour or votes but to show that the Party really cares and to demonstrate solidarity.