The country is changing:
New Zealand Prime Minister said on Friday that the country has “changed radically” since the massacre of Al-Noor and Newwood mosques in Christchurch a year ago, under fears of canceling the ceremony marking its first anniversary next Sunday, due to the spread of the Corona virus.
“Ardern” confirmed in a press conference in Christchurch that communication with the Muslim community has increased since the two massacres at the Al-Nour and Newwood mosques, stressing that the country needs to continue to confront racism and confront the growing threat from extremist groups.
“One year later, I think the people of New Zealand have changed radically … The challenge before us is that we must fight bullying, racism and discrimination,” she added.
First time visits:
Ardern noted that parties informed her of visiting the two mosques for the first time in the aftermath of the attack, and that they found themselves more open to discussing ideological differences.
On the other hand, Ardern clarified that the remembrance of the attack on two mosques, which killed 51 people in time, was still expected to be commemorated, but she said that the plans could change if the spread of the virus worsened.
The reason for commemorating:
Some wondered why the memorial event, which will gather thousands on the scene, would continue after Ardern and other officials chose to cancel a festival in Auckland to celebrate Pacific culture due to concerns about the new Corona virus.
New Zealand has reported five infections with the deadly virus, while the prime minister said she will likely announce new restrictions on entering the country next week.