NZ observe two minute silence for Christchurch victims

2019-03-22 at 09:01

New Zealand will broadcast the Islamic call to prayer and observe a two minute silence in ceremonies to mark a week since the Christchurch attacks.

Amid tight security, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will join mourners near the Al-Noor mosque, one of the two places of worship targeted in last Friday’s shootings. Later a mass burial will take place for many of the victims.

Fifty people were killed and dozens more wounded in the attacks.

Australian Brenton Tarrant, a self-proclaimed white supremacist, has been charged with one murder and is expected to face further charges.

On Thursday Ardern announced a ban on all types of semi-automatic weapons.

Thousands are expected to gather in Hagley Park, near the Al-Noor mosque, to mark Friday’s national day of reflection for the victims.

The Muslim call to prayer, or adhan, will be broadcast on national television and radio at 13:30 local time and be followed by the two-minute silence.

Many mosques across the country are expected to open their doors to visitors and human chains will be formed outside some in symbolic acts of protection and solidarity.