Christchurch Marks One Year Since Terror Attack

Sunday, March 15th, 2020

One year on from the Christchurch mosque terror attacks, Australian Muslims say the event is still in the back of their minds.

Fifty-one people were killed, and dozens of others injured when a gunman stormed the mosques in New Zealand.

The man accused of the attacks, 29-year-old Australian Brenton Tarrant, is due to stand trial in June on charges of terrorism, murder and attempted murder.

Australian Human Rights Commissioner, Edward Santow says, the one year anniversary is a time for reflection.

“Any anniversary, it’s important to mark the fact that there is both tragedy, but also a sense of strength in the way in which our community has come together, and has shown a sense of fellow feeling for the Muslim community”, said Mr Santow.

A remembrance service has been cancelled by Christchurch City Council, amid concerns about the spread of coronavirus.

The emotional nature of the memorial has been cited as the reason behind the cancellation, given people were likely to comfort one another.

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