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NZ mosque attacks

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IT was a shockingly gruesome attack in a country hitherto untouched by such events. Within hours of the brutal massacre of Muslim congregations gathered for Friday prayers at two mosques in New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stated that “it is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack”, a charge that echoed in the statements of condemnation that have since poured in from many Western leaders. Yet many observers — including people of colour, and immigrant and religious minority communities in the West — needed no official designation of the barbaric event to recognise it as an act of terror. It is only further confirmation of the pernicious spread of Islamophobia and other forms of racism, emboldened by the ascent of far-right parties across the developed world and the activation........

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