They’ve been warned: a year after mosque massacre, hate rises in ...

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They’ve been warned: a year after mosque massacre, hate rises in NZ

New threatening extremist post shows the country is now part of an international far-right ecosystem

Praveen Menon

Days before the first anniversary of a shooting in Christchurch that killed 51 Muslim worshippers, a post appeared on an encrypted messaging app showing a balaclava-clad man outside one of the attacked mosques with a threat and a gun emoji.

The message was the latest in a number of threats against minorities in New Zealand, evidence of what experts say is an increase in hate crime and xenophobia since the mosque massacre by a suspected white supremacist on March 15 2019.

The gunman, armed with semi-automatic weapons, attacked Muslims attending Friday prayers in the South Island’s largest city, broadcasting New Zealand’s worst mass shooting live on Facebook...

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