Biker Gang Offer to Protect Muslims at their First Friday Prayer Since the Christchurch Attacks Which Left 50 Dead and Dozens Injured.
Following the horrific shootings at two mosques in New Zealand last Friday that killed 50 people, a local biker gang have promised to protect Muslims at their first Friday prayer since the Christchurch attack.
Mongrel Mob biker gang were founded in 1962 and currently have an active estimated membership of over 1,000 people. They predominantly operate in New Zealand and Australia, and, as of 2018 have expanded into Canada.
Sonny Fatu, the president of Mongrel Mob, has backed the gesture by saying that their intent was to ensure the community can continue to pray ‘without fear’.
Fatu has also come out with the following statement;
‘‘We were contacted by a representative who tagged me in and said some of our Muslim brothers and sisters have fears for Friday during their prayer, and the question was posed whether we could be a part of the safety net for them to allow them to pray in peace without fear.’’
‘’We will support and assist our Muslim brothers and sisters for however long they need us,’'
Fatu guaranteed the gang will not be armed and promised a peaceful gesture that brings together the community and allows them to ‘repair the holes in our waka’.
The president of the Waikato Muslim Association, Dr Asad Mohsin, has publicly acknowledged the kind words of the Waikato Mongrel Mob by saying how thankful he is for the gestures of support he had received from ‘different sections of society’.
Mohsin went on to announce that the Muslim community has decided to open its doors to the public this coming Friday, and mentioned how he expected a big turnout.
‘'We would love everybody to come, but we don't want anybody to show they are scared. We are not scared. You don't have to stand outside the mosque, we want you to be inside, with us,’'
Tributes and well wishes have begun to flood in from around the world, with social media photos showing people forming a human chain around a mosque in California on Saturday. Various other groups such as Black Power, King Cobras & Hells Angels have also joined the tributes and offered their support.
Following on from last Friday, police have confirmed that 21 of the 50 individuals that lost their life in the attacks had been identified. Mike Bush, NZ Police Commissioner, has publicly announced that the bodies of the diseased have now been made available to their families.
An estimated 30-50 people are believed to have been injured in the shooting.
Brenton Tarrant, 28, who grew up in the north-eastern New South Wales town of Grafton with his mother, father and sister has been charged.