March 17, 2019 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
New Zealand: The Christchurch massacre, which has left at least 49 people dead and 20 injured on Friday, March 15 in New Zealand’s city Christchurch in two targeted mass shootings at mosques. The terrorist left a 74-page manifesto explaining his reasoning for attacking these mosques. New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern described today’s attacks as, “an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence.” Being that the acts of terror took place during jummah, or Friday prayer, it was especially horrific for the Muslim community. Following attacks, police urged the community to avoid any mosque.
United Sikhs condemns the attack in New Zealand and all attacks of hate. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims as well as the nation of New Zealand, as it finds a way to overcome from such a disaster. Our thoughts are with the Muslims community, as we too, understand the pain of being a marginalized community.
United Sikhs will continue to support our Muslim brothers and sisters, in the United States and globally as they overcome from such a tragedy. Having been through misfortunes of our own, we, the Sikh community understand the impact these acts of hate have on our community. We will continue to stand by you as you heal.
Inderjit Singh, Director of United Sikhs in New Zealand stated, “Hate in any form is unacceptable. The Sikh community condemns this incident and stands in solidarity with the families impacted.” Now more than ever, it is important for us to unite and stand against these acts of hate. United Sikhs has one goal: to work with other marginalized communities to eradicate hate. As each year passes, the world is plagued with acts of hate. We want to work together to eliminate these acts of terror.
United Sikhs will be working diligently to serve our community to prevent other hate crimes. We urge our global community to stay vigilant and be aware of your surroundings especially near places of worship, like Gurdwaras. Together, we must remain united, to make a difference and stand up to terrorists. Please contact United Sikhs for support for more information on how to protect your Gurdwara. If you feel endanger or are worried for your safety, do not hesitate to call 911. United Sikhs is working diligently with our local Gurdwaras to ensure their safety during this time.