The United Nations chief has warned about the unbridled spread of Islamophobia across the international community, weeks after a shocking terror attack that killed dozens of Muslim worshipers at two mosques in New Zealand.
Anti-Islam hate speech is “entering the mainstream, spreading like wildfire through social media,” said UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres during his speech at al-Azhar University in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, on Tuesday.
“Around the world, we are seeing ever-rising anti-Muslim hatred, anti-Semitism, racism, and xenophobia,” he added. “We see it spreading in liberal democracies and as well as in authoritarian states.”
He cited the March 15 mass shooting by a self-confessed white supremacist that killed 50 Muslim worshipers at the mosques in Christchurch city as an instance of where anti-Islam hatred could go if unchecked.
Prior to the massacre, the Australian terrorist involved in the mass shooting had published an ideological “manifesto” filled with extreme views, in which he described Muslim immigrants in Europe as “invaders.”
The Australian terrorist, identified as Brenton Tarrant, broadcast live footage on Facebook of the attack on one mosque in the city of Christchurch, mirroring the carnage played out in video games, after publishing a “manifesto” in which he denounced immigrants, calling them “invaders”.
In his manifesto, Tarrant said he saw Trump as “symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.”
The 28-year-old terrorist said he chose to use a gun over other weapons because it would spark a debate around the second amendment.
“With enough pressure the left wing within the United States will seek to abolish the second amendment, and the right wing within the US will see this as an attack on their very freedom and liberty,” the Australian terrorist said.