'We are one' says PM Ardern as New Zealand mourns with prayers
(ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION) EDITORS PLEASE NOTE - AUDIO AS INCOMING The Muslim call to prayer rang out over Christchurch and around New Zealand on Friday (March 22), as thousands gathered to remember the 50 people killed by a lone gunman at two mosques a week ago.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern spoke to an estimated 5,000 people standing quietly at Hagley Park in front of the Al Noor mosque, where most of the victims died, saying, "New Zealand mourns with you, we are one." Most victims of New Zealand's worst mass shooting were migrants or refugees from countries such as Pakistan, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey, Somalia, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.
Ardern, who swiftly denounced the attack as terrorism, announced a ban on military-style semi-automatic and assault rifles under tough new gun laws on Thursday (March 21).