stabbed at least six people in a supermarket was a “violent extremist” known to the police, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said.
The man was shot and killed by police within 60 seconds of beginning his attack at a Countdown store in Auckland.
The man was a Sri Lankan national and had been living in New Zealand since 2011.
He had been known to multiple agencies since 2016, with Ms Ardern confirming she had been personally aware of the individual - adding that she was gutted to hear what had happened.
The man was not allowed to be kept in prison by law, she said.
Ms Ardern said any backlash against the Muslim community “would be wrong”, and said the attacker “is who is responsible, no one else”.
“What happened today was despicable, it was hateful, it was wrong. It was carried out by an individual, not a faith,” she added.
Sure, his faith doesn’t even matter ! He might as easily have been Buddhist !
Timeline to terror
• October 2011: The attacker arrives in New Zealand, aged 22, travelling on a student visa. Ardern said it is not known that he held extreme views about violence and terrorism at that time
In a statement to media today, Ardern said “agencies used every tool available to them to protect innocent people from this individual.”
She vowed to investigate the case in detail, saying: “We owe it to everyone to have other people look at the facts of this case too, to analyse them, to see what was done, and what more could have been done. The IPCA and the coroner will be an important part of this work.” “But we must also look forward, and as we have always done, we must be willing to make the changes that we know may not necessarily have changed history, but could change the future.”
He was Ahamed Aathil Mohamed Samsudeen, a 32-year-old born in Sri Lanka who came to New Zealand in October 2011 and was granted refugee status two years later.
The Herald can reveal immigration officials had sought to revoke his refugee status in 2018, but he appealed and a final decision had yet to be made on whether he could be deported.
Seems the multi-year appeals process is a Western scam all over
Samsudeen was Tamil - a minority ethnic group persecuted by Sri Lankan authorities during a decades-long conflict - and claimed he and his father were attacked, kidnapped and tortured because of their political background.
His claim to asylum was supported by scars on his body, as well as a psychologist’s report which said Samsudeen presented as a “highly distressed and damaged young man” suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.
Officers from the National Security Investigations group monitored his social media content, which included anti-Western and violent imagery as well as this comment on Facebook: “One day I will go back to my country and I will find kiwi scums in my country … and I will show them … what will happen when you mess with S while I’m in their country. If you’re tough in your country … we are tougher in our country scums #payback.”
Murderous foreigner ? Must mean we’ve got work to do.
How can NZ liberals avoid talking about the catastrophic failure of allowing in someone who hates New Zealand, not deporting him when you find out he does, and make you feel guilty for what he did ? Easy
The New Lynn mall terror attack in west Auckland on Friday last week that left five people in hospital and the perpetrator shot dead underscores how isolation and a lack of belonging can create fertile ground for extremist ideas to take root.
As the public conversation moves from descriptions of the event to suggestions of what comes next, we also need to consider why he became so isolated. While the details of this individual continue to be released, the larger context about how people seek asylum, and how they are treated, warrant consideration.
Further evidence of Jacinda’s sociopathic nature. ‘I was right then and I’m still right. You were wrong then to say I was wrong. Even if I did something seemingly wrong, I did it it with right intentions so it’s not actually wrong.’
Believing women were inherently more capable of guiding a nation through a pandemic was an error of judgment that seems to have led us to some strange conclusions.
Writer Morgan Godfery praised Ardern’s soft touch in the Guardian, in comparison with authoritarians like “the United Kingdom’s Boris Johnson”. The British prime minister is far from perfect, but if either of the pair have claim to the authoritarian mantle it is the former, not the latter.
More than anything, it is hard to shake the feeling that at this stage of the pandemic, Ardern’s mode of leadership is not simply outdated and out of step, but cruel and irresponsible too.
The cruelty emerges from many sources. Many have effectively been denied seeing families and loved ones thanks to New Zealand’s border closures. That alone is hard to justify nearly two years into a pandemic with other weapons against the virus at our disposal.
But there is something else pernicious in Ardern’s approach: keeping New Zealand in such limbo seems a surefire way to prevent people from psychologically moving on from the worst embraces of the pandemic.
The electorate are supposed to look to leaders for cool-headed guidance and moral leadership, not someone designing national policy driven by paroxysms of stress and fear. Shutting the borders and upping isolation periods to 24 days maintains and perpetuates a fiction that the pandemic has not moved on from March 2020, and that this cycle of waves and lockdowns is here for the long haul. That is not good for anyone’s brain.
And we might then ask what the point of the vaccine was ever supposed to be if it is presented as an insufficient tool that will always pale in comparison to lockdowns and border closures.
All of this seems to find its provenance in the phenomenon that fretting about coronavirus more than anyone else is a badge of ideological superiority. For Ardern the guiding principle seems that the strength of a nation’s ethos lives and dies on the number of positive tests it returns everyday. Ardern is entitled to enact her national policy.
Because we should know by now that respiratory illnesses do not yield to catastrophising nor do they capitulate to needless theatre. And we know that the ultimate success of pandemic management is not just in elimination or suppression of a virus but a balance of competing sensibilities.
And most of all we should remember that no matter how much we furrow our brows or wring our hands, offering the appearance of caring more than anyone else isn’t a strategy.
They all are more or less WEF or connected somewhere in the myriad roundtable globalist groups, 6 of one, half a dozen of the other… Varadkar was WEF iirc buried somewhere here https://threadsirish.substack.com
The zero COVID closed borders, quarantines, instructions that people will be “moved on” from various jobs unless vaccinated, along with recent gun control laws & outlawing growing food on private property should have been hints to you in fairness OW…
Interesting interview with Trudeau’s half brother. Completely disagrees with his brother about almost everything. I just watched about 21 minutes of it. Also seems extremely open minded on the alternative (or real) climate change Science. Skip the first few minutes. He thinks Trudeau is part of the mass formation and also a pawn of others.