Global political leaders moved quickly to condemn the shootings that killed at least 49 people in Christchurch. At mosques, sporting events, government buildings, and public spaces, mourners found ways to express their outrage about the events and to stand in solidarity against violence directed at Muslims.
New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern described the shootings as “an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence.”
“Many of those who will have been directly affected by this shooting may be migrants to New Zealand—they may even be refugees here,” she said. “They have chosen to make New Zealand their home, and it is their home. They are us. The person who has perpetrated this violence against us is not.”