Calgarians condemn massacre at Christchurch mosques

Calgarians condemn massacre at Christchurch mosques
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the mass shooting “can only be described as a terrorist attack.”

“These types of violent acts are unacceptable in any society and in any religion … we pray for the victims in New Zealand.”

The Muslim Council of Calgary (MCC), meanwhile, released a statement denouncing the attacks.

“We offer our prayers and deepest condolences to victims and their families,” a news release stated. “We ask the Muslim community to please be patient, be vigilant and pray for all in these testing times.”

The MCC said it condemns violence against anyone “irrespective of race, gender, religion, culture or ethnicity.”

“This is an attack on basic human values, an act of sheer terrorism planned and executed by [a] group of individuals intolerant to a specific faith.”

Special prayers for the victims of the Christchurch shootings will be held at various locations throughout Calgary on Friday.

A vigil will be held at Calgary City Hall on Friday from 7 to 8 p.m.

Participants are asked to bring candles and signs denouncing hate and spreading messages of love and hope.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley expressed her condolences to everyone affected by the attack in a Thursday tweet.

“Albertans stand with you – I stand with you – and our hearts embrace you.”

My condolences to everyone affected by this terrible act – those at the mosque and around the world.
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