NZ police arrest Trump fan over Christchurch mosque abuse

Australian Brenton Tarrant has been charged with 50 counts of murder and 39 of attempted murder over the Christchurch twin mosque attacks. (File/AFP)
Updated 11 April 2019

NZ police arrest Trump fan over Christchurch mosque abuse

  • Police said the man was wearing a “Trump” t-shirt and black cap
  • The man walked off into the park opposite the mosque after the incident

WELLINGTON: New Zealand police on Thursday arrested a man spotted in a “Trump” tee-shirt hurling abuse at worshippers outside one of the Christchurch mosques where dozens were killed in a massacre last month.
Police said the 33-year-old man had “shaken” the Muslim community late Wednesday at the Al Noor mosque by shouting abuse at people.
“Our community has no tolerance for those who target or victimize others because of their identity, and nor does police,” Canterbury district commander superintendent John Price said in a statement Wednesday.
“This is especially so for members of our Muslim community who are already dealing with so much,” he added.
The man described as being “of solid build with short dark hair and a tattoo on his left shoulder/neck area,” walked off into the park opposite the mosque after the incident, but was later apprehended.
Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, a self-avowed white supremacist, has been charged with 50 counts of murder and 39 of attempted murder over the Christchurch twin mosque attacks.


US coronavirus death toll tops 100,000

Updated 28 May 2020

US coronavirus death toll tops 100,000

  • Nearly 1.7 million infections have been tallied nationwide

WASHINGTON:: The United States has now recorded more than 100,000 coronavirus-related deaths, Johns Hopkins University reported Wednesday — a somber milestone and by far the highest total in the world.
The country reported its first death about three months ago. Since then, nearly 1.7 million infections have been tallied nationwide, according to the Baltimore-based school.
The actual number of deaths and infections is believed to be higher, experts say.
In the last 24 hours, the death toll was on the rise once again, with 1,401 deaths added, after three straight days of tolls under 700. The full death toll stood at 100,396.
The state of New York has seen nearly a third of all coronavirus-related deaths in the United States, where President Donald Trump ordered that flags fly at half-staff last weekend to honor the victims.
The first US virus death was reported on February 26, though officials now say they believe that others may have died of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, before that.
The country passed the 50,000-death threshold barely more than a month ago.
The number of deaths per capita in the United States is nevertheless lower than in several European countries, including Britain, Belgium, France, Italy and Spain.
Despite the grim toll, most US states are now moving toward ending the strict stay-at-home measures that were implemented to curb the spread of the virus.
President Donald Trump, who is running for reelection in November, is eager to stem the economic pain of the lockdown, which has left tens of millions of Americans without jobs.