Turkey's President Erdogan uses New Zealand mosque shooting video to bolster support at election rallies

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reportedly used an edited version of the video to galvanize support among his Islamist followers ahead of local elections at the end of the month


                            Turkey's President Erdogan uses New Zealand mosque shooting video to bolster support at election rallies

Turkey's president has shown parts of a video taken by the attacker who killed 50 people at two mosques in New Zealand to comment on what he called rising Islamophobia.

The president played fragments of the video — with blurred images of the attack — at several election rallies (Getty Images)
The president played fragments of the video — with blurred images of the attack — at several election rallies (Getty Images)

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan showed the clips during campaign rallies for March 31 local elections. The video, which was blurred but had clear sounds of automatic gunfire, was shown to thousands of people at the rallies and was aired live on Turkish television.

Erdogan used the video to comment on attacks on Islam and rising Islamophobia. He referred to a manifesto by the suspected attacker, Brenton Tarrant, in which he threatened Turks and vowed to make Istanbul "Christian owned once more."

A New Zealand flag is placed next to flowers and tributes near Al Noor mosque on March 18, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand. 50 people were killed, and dozens are still injured in hospital after a gunman opened fire on two Christchurch mosques on Friday, 15 March (Getty Images)
A New Zealand flag is placed next to flowers and tributes near Al Noor mosque on March 18, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand. 50 people were killed, and dozens are still injured in hospital after a gunman opened fire on two Christchurch mosques on Friday, 15 March (Getty Images)

New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters said Monday he told his Turkish counterpart the video doesn't represent New Zealand.