Drake takes time out of Paris concert to ‘share prayers’ for victims of New Zealand terror attack

Hip-hop superstar Drake shared a message of support for the victims of the New Zealand terror attack during a concert in Paris. (AFP/File Photo)
Updated 17 March 2019

Drake takes time out of Paris concert to ‘share prayers’ for victims of New Zealand terror attack

LONDON: Hip-hop superstar Drake shared a message of support for the victims of the New Zealand terror attack during a concert in Paris on Saturday.
The “Hotline Bling” star took time out of his “Vacation Assassination” concert in the French capital to send out prayers for the 50 victims in the Christchurch massacre.
He said: “I saw some really terrible things happened in New Zealand, I just want to talk about it because a lot of my friends and a lot of people I work with are from a Muslim background.

“I want you to know, that when there’s terrible things going on in the world, you know, we can still look around this room tonight and see something beautiful because we’ve got all people of all races, all places, all religions and look, we’re in here showing love tonight.
“So, I want send my love to all the families that were affected. We’re praying for you and will spread more love just like this across the world. Paris, I’m proud of you all tonight. I love you all.”
The white supremacist terrorist responsible for the attack livestreamed 17 minutes of his rampage at the Al-Noor mosque in the city, where he sprayed worshippers with bullets.
Facebook, Twitter and Google scrambled to take down the video, which was widely available on social media for hours after the bloodbath.
The second attack took place at the Linwood mosque about 5 kilometers (3 miles) away.

 


WATCH: New Zealand leader carries on with TV interview during quake

Updated 25 May 2020

WATCH: New Zealand leader carries on with TV interview during quake

  • Jacinda Ardern calmly notes that there’s an earthquake
  • New Zealand PM immediately says it’s fine to continue interview

WELLINGTON, New Zealand: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern barely skipped a beat when an earthquake struck during a live television interview Monday morning.
She interrupted Newshub host Ryan Bridge to tell him what was happening at the parliament complex in the capital, Wellington.
“We’re just having a bit of an earthquake here Ryan, quite a decent shake here,” she said, looking up and around the room. “But, um, if you see things moving behind me.”
New Zealand sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire and is sometimes called the Shaky Isles for its frequent quakes.
Monday’s magnitude 5.6 quake struck in the ocean about 100 kilometers (62 miles) northeast of Wellington, according to the US Geological Survey.
The quake hit just before 8 a.m. and was felt by thousands of New Zealanders who were getting ready to start their work weeks. It was strong enough to rattle food from shelves and stop train services.
But there were no reports of major damage or injuries.
Ardern continued on with her interview, telling the host the shaking had stopped.
“We’re fine Ryan,” she said. “I’m not under any hanging lights, I look like I’m in a structurally sound place.”
Ardern, who has been leading the country’s health and economic response to the coronavirus pandemic, said later that the thought going through her head when the quake struck was: “Are you serious?”
A 2011 quake in the city of Christchurch killed 185 people and destroyed much of the downtown area. The city is continuing to rebuild.

Now watch the moment it happened:

(AFP video)