Following the horrifying attack on Muslim worshippers in Christchurch, New Zealand, this gang of bikers decided to pay their heartfelt tributes in a special way.

From every social media platform from all over the world, people have been sending their tributes to the 50 Muslim worshippers who were murdered in cold blood by a killer on a rampage during prayer. The gut-wrenching event occurred on Friday the 15th of March, and the whole of New Zealand has been in a state of mourning and sorrow ever since. People from several Muslim countries died right in their homestead. The even has gone down as the deadliest mass shooting in modern New Zealand history.

A tribute from the deepest cores of their souls

The bikers are members of the Māori community. The Māori are an indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand, making up nearly 700,000 of New Zealand’s general population [1]. They performed an amazing Haka dance publicly in honor of the late souls.

Haka is a traditional Māori dance usually performed at public occasions, including funerals and memorials. The energetic, vigorous dance is composed of heavy foot stomping, chest beating, and loud chanting. These elements channel a deep sense of solidarity in times like this. A way to tell the departed souls that they’ll always remain in the hearts of the people.

Led by an elderly member of the gang, the bikers wore their black jackets and chanted with so much ferocity and energy that their spectators were moved to tears.

In other parts of Christchurch, school students also displayed their solidarity by performing their own Haka dance.

A quick recap on the shooting

Friday 15th March 2019 afternoon was a black period for the entire country. A 28-year-old Australian citizen, Brenton Harrison Tarrant, white supremacist and prime suspect in the massacre, reportedly went trigger-happy on worshippers at the Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Islamic center, killing 50 and injuring 50 more. The gunfire went on for about 10-15 minutes. 36 minutes passed after the first 911 call was placed before the police were able to locate and arrest the murderer. He even had the guts to live stream the footage of the first attack on Facebook.

A dark cloud fell over ChristChurch. Speaking to the press, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the attack would have gone on for much longer had the officers not been at the scene immediately [2].

There were two other firearms in the vehicle that the offender was in and it absolutely was his intention to continue with his attack,” she said. Two IEDs were discovered attached to a car in the vicinity. The bomb squad defused them before they could wreak more havoc on the town.

Wounded victims of the shooting are critically hurt at the moment. Only a few sustained minor injuries. There were worshippers from nearly every Muslim country in the world at the mosques.

A five-year-old girl from Jordan was shot in the face, abdomen, and leg. The little girl is hanging onto her life by threads in the hospital. Her condition is very critical and she’s in delicate shape. Her father was also wounded, but not as badly as she was. Citizens from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Turkey, and several other Muslim countries were badly hurt or murdered at the scene.

Naeem Rashid, who died at the Al Noor mosque was trying to stop the shooter and disarm him of his weapon. Unfortunately, Naeem was shot and he died en-route to the hospital. Naeem, a Pakistani, will be honored posthumously in his country for his bravery and selfless sacrifice.

Tarrant entered no plea as he was arraigned in court. He made a hand gesture popular to white supremacists and showed no remorse for his actions. The prosecution wasn’t televised, but the Prime Minister says processes would begin on Monday for the amendment of firearm possession laws.

The Muslim community feels hurt and dehumanized by the terrible event. “We’re such a small community. We’re so kind and loving,” says Yasmin Ali, Muslim Christchurch resident. “So I don’t just understand why someone would hurt us like this in such a way – just like an animal. Like why would you treat us like that? We’ve done nothing.”

References:

  • Māori people, Wikipedia
  • Suspect in New Zealand mosque shootings was prepared ‘to continue his attack’, PM says, CNN
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