Smiling mosque massacre neo-Nazi terrorist makes white power gesture in court
Brenton Harrison Tarrant, the neo-Nazi terrorist who massacred 49 Muslim worshipers in New Zealand, made a white power gesture as he appeared in Christchurch District Court today charged with murder.
Authorities said more charges are expected to be announced.
No members of the public were allowed to attend except for media ‘in the interest of public safety’, the judge said.
Handcuffed and barefoot, Tarrant did not speak during the hearing, but he grinned and flashed a white power symbol with his right hand when media photographed him in the dock, flanked by two police officers.
Daniel John Burrough, 18, has also been charged with ‘exciting hostility or ill-will’ in relation to the mosque attacks but he did not appear in court.
Police arrested three men – including Tarrant and Burrough – and a woman following Friday’s attack.
The unnamed woman remains in custody, while the third man who was arrested is not linked with the attacks and has been released.
So far 49 people have been confirmed dead – including at least one child – while dozens more remain missing.
The shooter had two semi-automatic weapons, two shotguns and a lever-action firearm.
New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern confirmed that the evil murderer had a Category A gun license which enabled him to legally obtain semi-automatic weapons.
When asked by a reporter whether semi-automatic weapons should be banned, she said that it was one issue which should be examined.
The neo-Nazi terrorist live-streamed himself as he stormed the Al Noor Mosque during Friday prayers.
Police believe he then drove for seven minutes to a mosque in Linwood Avenue where he shot dead a further eight victims.
He was arrested and dragged from his car, which was rigged with two bombs, 36 minutes after police were first called.
The white supremacist shooter had “intended to continue with his attack” when he was tackled by cops.
In a manifesto seemingly written by Tarrant and shared to Twitter, he mentions being inspired by other shooters including Anders Breivik who killed 77 people in Oslo, Norway in 2011.
“I mostly agree with Sir Oswald Mosley’s views and consider myself an Eco-fascist by nature,” he writes.
Mosley, an anti-Semite who led a fascist movement and who sought to reconcile Britain and Nazi Germany before the war, was confined to prison by the British during much of the war.
He said he ‘disliked’ Muslims and hated those who had converted to the religion, calling them ‘blood traitors’.
Tarrant said he originally wanted to target a mosque in Dunedin, south of Christchurch, after watching a video on Facebook.
‘But after visiting the mosques in Christchurch and Linwood and seeing the desecration of the church that had been converted to a mosque in Ashburton, my plans changed,’ he wrote.
‘The Christchurch and Linwood mosques had far more invaders.’
He said he had been planning an attack for up to two years and decided on Christchurch three months ago.
The shooter said he was motivated to carry out the attack by the death of Swedish schoolgirl Ebba Akerlund, a girl who was killed in a terrorist attack in Stockholm in April 2017.