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May 21, 2019

Suspect in New Zealand mosque massacres appears in court, flashes ‘white power’ hand gesture

March 16, 2019
Brenton Tarrant, the man charged in relation to the Christchurch massacre, makes a sign to the camera during his appearance in the Christchurch District Court on Saturday. (MARK MITCHELL / AFP / Getty Images)

The racist madman who methodically slaughtered 49 people in a pair of mosque shootings in New Zealand appeared in court Saturday and apparently flashed a white power hand gesture.

Brenton Tarrant, 28, was marched into court wearing handcuffs and a white prison jumpsuit and made an “OK” sign with his fingers, according to a photo published by the New Zealand Herald.

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The gesture has been associated with white nationalists after gaining traction as an internet hoax.

Tarrant was slapped with only one murder charge during his first court appearance, but many more charges are expected to follow.

The Australian citizen is suspected of strapping a camera on his head and live-streaming his senseless slaughter of 49 people Friday at a pair of mosques in Christchurch, a city located on New Zealand’s South Island.

“It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack,” New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said after the spasm of violence.

Speaking at a news conference Saturday, she said the gunman carried out his carnage while armed to the teeth with two semi-automatic weapons, two shotguns and a “lever-action” firearm. She said he had a gun license acquired in November 2017.

“I can tell you one thing right now, our laws will change,” she vowed.

She said a total of three people were arrested and that the Australian suspect was charged with murder and due in court Saturday.

In total, 41 people died at Masjid Al Noor Mosque, seven people died at Linwood Masjid Mosque and one died at a hospital, she said.

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