Wellington: New Zealanders are being reported to be preparing for a countrywide ‘show of solidarity’ with the Muslim community in the aftermath of the Christchurch attacks by calling women to wear headscarves and men to don shawls on their shoulders on Friday, March 22.
The Headscarf for Harmony movement will take place on Friday and everyone is being encouraged to take part in it, reports Newshub.co.nz. The movement is the brainchild of Auckland GP Dr Thaya Ashman.
Under this, both men and women are being urged to wear a scarf of any colour on the head or shoulder, in order to ‘recognize the similarities and not actively look for differences’, according to Thaya Ashman, Mt Eden GP and event organiser, who was quoted by Newshub.co.nz.
The Islamic Women’s Council of New Zealand and the Muslim Association of New Zealand have also backed the movement.
The New Zealand government on Thursday also banned the use of military style semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles. The New Zealand government has also moved to ban a number of accessories which can take lower capacity semi-automatic firearms to weapons of greater killing might, news agency IANS reported. The ban began at 3 p.m. local time on Thursday, said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who is confident that the vast majority of New Zealanders will support the changes.
As many as 50 people were killed in a lone wolf attack by an Australian man, named Brenton Tarrant, who gunned down Muslims praying in mosques on Friday, March 15.
There were five Indians among the 50 people killed by the white supremacist terrorist, who opened fire on worshippers at two mosques in Christchurch.
Tarrant live-streamed his gruesome act on Facebook for 17 minutes and police believe that the accused had single-handedly carried out the terror attack at both the mosques under a span of 36 minutes during the Friday prayers for which a large number of worshippers had congregated.