Burj Khalifa pays tribute to New Zealand’s mosque massacre victims

Burj Khalifa pays tribute to New Zealand’s mosque massacre victims

A giant image of a grieving Jacinda Ardern was beamed out from the world's tallest bulding on Friday (March 22), a tribute from Dubai for the New Zealand Prime Minister's high-profile support for Muslims after a terrorist attack on two Christchurch mosques.

The UN chief spoke of the victims of the Christchurch shooting, some of whom lost their lives saving others, and said he was "deeply moved by the extraordinary display of leadership, love and community from the people of New Zealand".

"This terrorist sought to turn our nation apart with an evil ideology that has torn the world apart".

"From what I've seen here, right away, ban them", says Ingrid Sweeney.

One day earlier, Ardern announced a ban on sales of "military-style" semi-automatic firearms and high-capacity magazines.

"Since the earthquakes, we've gone through a lot as a city and we're a lot more caring and looking out for one another", said James Sheehan, 62. My heart was broken.

"In short, every semi-automatic weapon used in the terrorist attack on Friday will be banned in this country", Ardern said, confident the laws will have majority support across the country.

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At the Al Noor mosque, where more than 40 of the victims were killed by a suspected white supremacist, prayers resumed with armed police on site, but no graphic reminders of the mass shooting, New Zealand's worst.

Michal Frank, left, sits just outside the prayer room at the Maine Muslim Community Center during Friday afternoon prayers. We will peacefully stand together #theyareus #standtogether.

But after 3pm on Thursday, the weapons became illegal under interim measures.

Ms Ardern also encouraged those in the festival audience to "never give up on the importance of supporting creatives and artists live", also adding that live performing is "the fuel for the creative machine".

"To the families of the victims, your loved ones did not die in vain".

At an emergency meeting of the Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul, all participants including President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan spoke highly of Ardern and New Zealand's government. New Zealand, which already has prosecuted two people for distributing the gruesome livestream video of the attack, has now also made it a crime to share the alleged killer's "manifesto", NZ media reported.

On Sunday, ten members of Black Power, which was first formed in 1970, gathered near the police cordon at Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch to perform a moving haka.

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