Turkey's president shows footage of New Zealand mosque attacks at rallies

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Police attempt to move people away from outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 15, 2019.

"This isn't an individual act, this is organised".

Foreign Minister Winston Peters rebuked Erdogan's use of that footage and Erdogan's comments about New Zealand, saying he had told Turkey's Foreign Minister that it was unfair and risky to blame New Zealand.

Erdogan has long cast himself as a champion of Muslims living in the West, condemning anti-Muslim racism in Europe while portraying many of Turkey's squabbles with Western nations as the result of prejudice.

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He stormed the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch and opened fire on hundreds of worshippers who were attending Friday prayers. In the attack - which took place at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand , at least 49 people were killed.

According to Erdogan, some forces want to provoke Turkey in light of the statements by a terrorist in New Zealand about Hagia Sophia.

Referring to Istanbul's previous name under Christian rule, before being conquered by the Muslim Ottoman empire, Mr Erdogan said: "You will not turn Istanbul into Constantinople, ".

"Your grandparents came here ... and they returned in caskets", he said.

Erdogan was re-elected last year with new powers but his AK Party, which has ruled Turkey since 2002, is battling for votes as the economy tips into recession after years of strong growth.

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Erdogan's use of attack video footage as a political prop has drawn sharp rebuke from New Zealand, with the country's foreign minister, Winston Peters, warning the continued dissemination of the video could place New Zealand citizens in danger.

"Anything of that nature that misrepresents this country, given that this was a non-New Zealand citizen, imperils the future and safety of the New Zealand people and our people overseas and is totally unfair".

Turkish relations with New Zealand have generally been good, strengthened by Gallipoli commemorations which emphasize shared sacrifices in battle as much as the confrontation itself.

The Turkish delegation was informed about the latest condition of the wounded Turks and investigation into the attacks.

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Terror suspect Brenton Tarrant published a sickening "manifesto" online, calling for the killing of London Mayor Sadiq Khan, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He said on Saturday that Turkish authorities were investigating his visits and his contacts.

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