Nearly fifty people were killed and more than 20 injured. These are the results of mass shootings in mosques of New Zealand. The government of the country has already named the incident a terrorist act and one of the “darkest days.” How the social network responded to this tragedy, and what does Ukraine have to do with it – in reactions from Opinion.
There are a few official reactions yet. In particular, condolences and words of support were said by Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, he called the event an act of hatred and violence.
Said Ismagilov, the Mufti of the Religious Administration of Muslims of Ukraine “Ummah”, on behalf of the Muslims of Ukraine expressed condolences to the families of the deceased. Ismagilov stressed that terrorism has no religious affiliation, nor can it have any justification.
Subsequently Said Ismagilov added that in the so-called “manifesto” of the terrorist, who killed Muslims in a mosque, there was… Ukraine. In particular, the murderer stresses: “You won’t find peace in Iceland, Poland, nor in New Zealand, nor in Argentina, nor in Ukraine.” Therefore, the threats are addressed to Muslims of Ukraine. Ismagilov hopes that this will never happen in Ukraine, but at the same time he is surprised why did the terrorists mention only a few out of 195 countries in the world, including our country?
An expert on international politics at the Ukrainian Institute for the Future, Iliya Kusa, said that an attack on a mosque is a very serious signal, which is the evidence of an increase in social tension.
The expert does not exclude that similar attacks may happen in other countries, but he hopes that the tragedy in New Zealand will make the Western elites think over the real problem of the near future and fight against hatred and racism.
Bohdan Petrenko, deputy director of the Ukrainian Institute of Research of Extremism, is convinced that this terrorist act in New Zealand has been planned and targeted, therefore the expert does not exclude the so-called domino effect – attacks on Muslims just like this one in the future.
In conclusion, Petrenko states: we have a very superficial understanding of an act of terrorism. As if its main goal is to form fear. In fact, fear is only an intermediary, marker, which divides the society into “our guys” and “others”. An online live by one of the terrorists is for a good reason. Their purpose is not to kill, but to capture minds.
Oleksandr Snidalov, the activist of the Ukrainian community in the Netherlands, is convinced that the tragedy in New Zealand should be a signal for the communities of the EU and the Western world as a whole: it’s better not to throw up hands and just look at how far-right propaganda demonizes Muslims.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk also spoke on the terrorist attack, stressing that only mentally ill people are capable of such crimes. Also, the politician urged to resist racism and religious hatred.
In a meantime, a journalist Arkady Babchenko appealed to Russian “colleagues” (“journalists”) who are posting news about events in New Zealand one after another, reminding them that at the same time they don’t write about Ukrainians, whom Russia kills every day.
Serhii Misyura told that the Russian media had already found… a Ukrainian trace in the terrorist attack in New Zealand. However, what else can we expect from Russian propaganda?
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