Police Across Quebec On High Alert After Islamophobic Attacks In New Zealand Inspired In Part By Quebec City Mosque Shooting
Increased security in and around mosques has been reported in Quebec City and Montreal.
Worshippers in two mosques in New Zealand were the victims of a tragic attack Friday morning. As the time of writing, 49 people were killed, with 20 more seriously injured. The incident has since been labelled a terrorist incident, and the Islamophobic attacks have shocked a usually quiet and peaceful country.
In response, Montreal and Quebec City police forces have confirmed that they have increased security around mosques and other places of worship following the reports of the attack in New Zealand.
TL;DR Following the tragic attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, police forces accross the province have been on high alert, and have reportedly increased security around mosques and other places of worship.
The attacks in New Zealand have been condemned by leaders around the world, including the Canadian royal family and Justin Trudeau:
Attacking people during prayers is absolutely appalling, and Canada strongly condemns today’s shootings in New Zealand. Our thoughts and hearts go out to the victims and their families, and we join New Zealanders and Muslim communities around the world in grieving.— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) March 15, 2019
New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern has also responded to the attack:
What has happened in Christchurch is an extraordinary act of unprecedented violence. It has no place in New Zealand. Many of those affected will be members of our migrant communities – New Zealand is their home – they are us.— Jacinda Ardern (@jacindaardern) March 15, 2019
The suspect was not known to police before the attack, and police reportedly had no indication that this attack was going to happen.
The attacks are painfully reminiscent of the attack on a mosque in Quebec city. On January 29, 2017, six worshippers were killed and scores more injured because of an Islamophobic mass shooter. A manifesto reportedly authored by the New Zealand shooter describes his hate for Muslim people and refers to the Quebec mosque shooter among other extremists.
Quebec City mosque president Boufeldja Benabdallah said news of the Christchurch shooting brings "indescribable pain" to those who lost families in the 2017 shooting at his mosque.— CBC Montreal (@CBCMontreal) March 15, 2019
"We need to change. The world cannot continue like this," he said.
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Police in Quebec City and Montreal have therefore ramped up security by mosques and other places of worship. Global News reports the Quebec muslim community's shock as they are forced to relive the attack.
The Quebec shooter has been sentenced to fifty years in prison, though this is currently being appealed by his lawyer, who wants the shooter to be eligible for parole in 25 years.