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WorldA week after shootings, hundreds form human chain around New Zealand mosque

15:40  22 march  2019
15:40  22 march  2019 Source:   cnn.com

Shots fired at New Zealand mosque, some casualties, witness tells media

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A week after shootings, hundreds form human chain around New Zealand mosque© Veronika Meduna Hundreds of people formed a human chain around the Kilbirnie Mosque in Wellington, New Zealand on Friday, March 22.

Hundreds of people gathered outside a mosque in Wellington, New Zealand, and locked arms to form a human chain, in a symbolic act of protection of the Muslim community during Friday prayer.

The move came as New Zealanders mourn the 50 victims of mass shootings at two Christchurch mosques on March 15, in a national day of reflection to mark a week since the terror attack.

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"Let's form a human chain of love and support around your local mosques on Friday at noon so they can pray in peace." The " human chain " was used recently by a group outside a Californian mosque in a show of support and protection from non-Muslims during Saturday prayers. Kri Belden of Lodi

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Christchurch newspaper The Press had the word 'salam' (peace) in Arabic script in its front page, along with the names of the victims of the attack.

Witnesses said people of all races, ages and social classes linked arms during the call to prayer at the Wellington Islamic Community -- known locally as the Kilbirnie Mosque -- witnesses said.

"The atmosphere was sad, quiet, but determined. Many women wore headscarves," Sue Teodoro, who was at the vigil, told CNN. "Many people cried openly. It was incredibly moving. People were determined that the community should pray without fear today."

Others posted photos on social media of the chain going right around the block, surrounding the mosque. "It was probably a kilometer (0.6 miles) long," Andy Burt, who took part in the event, told CNN. "By the time of the call to prayer it was two deep, so a couple of thousand people."

After the prayer, there was complete silence and reflection for at least 15 minutes, he said.

Members of the Muslim community offered water and sunscreen to those standing in the sun, witnesses said. "They thanked the people in the chain for their support, but also asked that the support happens every day," Burt said.

"The message from the community was clear: Terrorists will not break New Zealand's spirit," Teodoro added.

NZ green lights 'intrusive' spy ops after mosque attack.
New Zealand's intelligence minister said Wednesday he was allowing spy agencies to carry out "intrusive" activities following the Christchurch mosque shootings that claimed 50 lives. "I have given authority to the agencies to do intrusive activities under warrant, the number of those (warrants) I'm not at liberty to disclose," he told Radio New Zealand. Little said intelligence services typically monitored 30-40 people but that number had now increased, although he was unwilling to reveal by how much. He said a warrant permitted anything from physical surveillance to the monitoring of telecommunications activity.

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