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A total of 49 people were killed in the mosque attacks on Friday. The massacre has stunned residents, not just because it happen
ed there but also because it was planned to show the world that even the most peaceful places are not immune to terror.
Australian citizen Brenton Tarrant, 28, has been charged with one count of murder. Two other peo
ple remain in police custody. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described it as “one of New Zealand’s darkest days.”
Khan wasn’t the only member of his family touched by the shootings. A few blocks away
, at the Al Noor mosque, Khan’s uncle is believed to be one of 41 people gunned down there while praying.
On Saturday, families waited patiently as officials worked to identify bodies. Yet while confirmation will bring some closure, questio
ns will linger as to how such a horrifying event can happen in a country many consider safe.
”We felt it was such a safe city, such a safe country,” a 30-year-
old construction project manager, who did not want to be named, told CNN. “The hatred has spread everywhere.”
at the mosque. He remembered his mother was at their property waiting to meet a contractor. He texted her. She was safe.
Then he saw the video broadcast live from a camera fixed to the gunman’s helmet. It
showed the gunman using the family’s driveway as a base to store his loaded weapons.
”I couldn’t believe it, that the guy had literally parked in our driveway and walked into the mosque, walked back to our driveway and back into the mosque,” South said.
When police arrived they helped Harrison get out of the house and over the back fence. “She wa
sn’t allowed to leave (by the front) because there were literally bodies lying in the driveway,” her son said.
The family says there’s no way that house can be their home now.
Amid the flowers at the roadblock on Saturday was a homemade sign printed on a piece of A4 paper, titled “#No to hate and terror.”
”If New Zealand is like a vessel of milk filled to the very brim, then consider immigrants
as a pinch of sugar. We’ll not bring the vessel to overflowing but make the milk sweeter,” the sign said.
The author, Deepak Sharma, was standing nearby holding an identical copy. He moved from India to New Zeal
and 10 years ago, and with tears in his eyes told CNN, “This is not the country we chose to immigrate to.”
William and Kate, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sus
sex, have said they have all spent time in Christchurch and its “open-hearted and generous” people.
They condemned the violence on the Muslim community, calling it “horrifying assault on a way of life that embodies decency, community, and friendship.”
”No person should ever have to fear attending a sacred place of worship,” the royal couples said in a statement.
Here’s the full statement:
Our hearts go out to the families and friends of the people who lost their lives in the devastating attack in Christchurch.
We have all been fortunate to spend time in Christchurch and have felt the warm, open-hearted and generous spirit that is core to its remarkable people.
No person should ever have to fear attending a sacred place of worship.
This senseless attack is an affront to the people of Christchurch and New Zealand, and the broader Muslim comm
unity. It is a horrifying assault on a way of life that embodies decency, community, and friendship.
We know that from this devastation and deep mourning, the people of New Zealand will unite to show that such evil can never defeat compassion and tolerance.
We send our thoughts and prayers to everyone in New Zealand today.
months on how the petition has been processed, according to the SPP.
Prosecuting authorities have been treating the protection of human rights as being as important as fighting crime, Zhang said.
“Our work is based on facts and laws as well as the principle of ‘no one is let off, no one is wronged’,” he said.
Last year, prosecutors turned down police requests to formally arrest
168,458 people and dropped charges against 34,398 others — up by 15.9 percent and 14.1
percent year-on-year — because of insufficient evidence or because their actions did not constitute a crime.
“Even one wrongful case is too much,” Zhang said, adding that prosecutors will make consist
ent efforts to prevent wrongful cases and make timely rectification once such a case is detected.
“We should be responsible to the law, history and the people,” he said.
so single people think it is a waste of time compared with ordering takeout,” adding that on major food
delivery platform Meituan-Dianping, about 65 percent of the orders are made by singles ages 20 to 30.
Others choose to dine out. A recent report by global market research company Kantar Worldpanel found that 46 percent of interviewees said they had eaten
alone in the past 24 hours, up by 9 percent from 2017. Some 16 percent of respondents said they preferred to eat out alone.
Liu Chang, 24, a postgraduate at Renmin University of China in Beijing, said she likes to ex
perience celebrity restaurants recommended by food review platforms. She has visited them alone many times.
“Finding friends you like to dine with can be difficult sometimes. In view of this, I would rath
er eat alone, which can also be enjoyable and relaxing, as I can do whatever I like,” she said.