Christchurch massacre: Hatred loses as 'Love for Peace' wins
People, despite their religious and cultural differences, paid tribute to the victims of Christchurch massacre. Unable to reach the two particular mosques that were attacked, mourners piled up floral tributes and cards inscribed with supportive messages in front of different mosques.
The act conveyed a great message of 'Love and Peace' as opposed to those who usher in darkness and hatred by killing innocent people.
Just dropped off some flowers at Kilbirnie Mosque. There is so, so much love here right now - the flowers, hugs and messages of support keep coming in droves. Aroha nui, New Zealand. pic.twitter.com/YWrcRw75lH— lucy 'leon's wife' morris #notGDC (@lucyamorris) March 16, 2019
The outpouring of support for the Muslim community was so large that outside some mosques there was nowhere for well-wishers to park.
Some messages read, “We love you”, “We are one” and “Forever changed”.
Floral tributes at the gate of the Al Masjid al Jamie mosque in Ponsonby, Auckland have been arriving since yesterday.— RNZ (@radionz) March 15, 2019
One man laying flowers this morning, Richard, says it was a way of saying 'we are thinking of you and we are one'. pic.twitter.com/hWP2QHqafn
In Australia, the response to the massacre was similarly heartfelt, with tributes pouring into mosques across the country.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern travelled to Christchurch to comfort the Muslim community. At the Canterbury Refugee Resettlement and Resources Centre and delivered a message of unity to the country's Islamic community. She reaffiremed that New Zealand is united in this time of grief.