Worshippers have returned to the Al-Noor mosque in Christchurch for the first time since a mass shooting there in which dozens of people were killed.
The building had closed so police could investigate the attack but earlier today small groups were allowed to return. Fifty people were killed in shootings at two mosques on 15 March.
As the Al Noor mosque reopened, some 3,000 people walked through Christchurch for a ‘march for love’ intended to honour victims. Many walked in silence and some carried placards calling for peace and opposing racism.
Australian Brenton Tarrant, a 28-year-old self-proclaimed white supremacist, has been charged with one murder in connection with the attacks and he is expected to face further charges.
New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Thursday announced a ban on all types of semi-automatic weapons following the Christchurch attacks.
She said she expected new legislation to be in place by 11 April, saying: “Our history changed forever. Now, our laws will too.”