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Guns Used in Massacre Had Reference to 11-Year-Old Girl - Page 2

She was killed in 2017 terror attack, and her father is angry gunman cited her
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 15, 2019 1:28 PM CDT

  • The 'manifesto': Per the Guardian, a 74-page document from a man who identified himself as a suspect in the attack named Brenton Tarrant, has been circulating in which he calls himself a fascist, spouts off about white genocide, and says he wants to create "an atmosphere of fear" for Muslims. The author also claims he received a "blessing" for the attack from Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik.
  • The video: Seventeen minutes of footage captured by an alleged gunman as the shootings happened made its way online via Facebook Live; Facebook took down the video soon after. That footage was "made to go viral," per the New York Times, adding that the shootings mark "a grim new age of social media-fueled terrorism."
  • Keeping collateral off the internet: BuzzFeed reports that, despite the best efforts of New Zealand police to keep the video, as well as the accompanying manifesto, from spreading, it proved a most challenging task. YouTube, Twitter, Reddit, and Facebook struggled to keep up with all the instances of the video popping up, and some news outlets in the UK outright flouted the requests to not propagate any such links.
  • Speaking of viral: PewDiePie was one of the names thrown out there by a suspect during the video livestream, and the YouTube star is now expressing his dismay at being tied in any way to the killings, per the New York Post. "I feel absolutely sickened having my name uttered by this person," he tweeted early Friday. "My heart and thoughts go out to the victims, families and everyone affected by this tragedy."
  • Shifting the blame? One take on the shootings receiving lots of attention Friday: that of Australian Sen. Fraser Anning, who issued a statement met with instant widespread condemnation, per HuffPost UK. Although Anning said such "violent vigilantism can never be justified," he then changed gears to point the finger at New Zealand's immigration program, and Muslims themselves, for the terror attack. "While Muslims may have been the victims today, usually they are the perpetrators," he said.
(President Trump offered his support to New Zealand.)

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