Biker groups are protecting mosques across New Zealand in the wake of the fatal mass shootings.
The shootings occurred on 15thMarch 2019 in two mosques in Christchurch, during Friday prayers.
The groups provide security for the Muslim communities to pray in peace.
Biker groups are protecting mosques across New Zealand in the wake of the fatal mass shootings. The shootings occurred on 15thMarch 2019 in two mosques in Christchurch, during Friday prayers. 50 people were killed while another 50 were injured.
Biker groups, or rather “gangs” as other media touted, them include The Mongrel Mob, King Cobra and The Black Power promised to protect their local Muslim communities.
The Mongrel Mob offered to shied Jamia Masjid Mosque in Hamilton. Waikato Mongrel Mob chapter president Sonny Fatu said, “We will support and assist our Muslim brothers and sisters for however long they need us.” He also added that his group was contacted by representatives saying the Muslim community were fearful about attending Friday prayers. “The question was posed whether we could be a part of the safety net for them to pray in peace without fear.”
“Of course we would do that, there was no question about that and we will be dressed appropriately. We will not be armed. We are peacefully securing the inner gated perimeter with other community members.”
Dr. Asad Moshin, head of the Waikato Muslim Association said he appreciated the support received from different sections of society, different interests and different dispositions. “It all gives us strength to overcome the grief we are undergoing.”
“We would like to welcome them to come into the mosque and pray with us. They are part of us as we are part of them. Islam is inclusive, free of judgment – we don’t see gang members, as we see them.”
“We value them as humans and appreciate that they value us too.”
Speaking to the New Zealand Herald, Dr. Moshin also said, “There are no fears and we are not sacred. They don’t have to stand outside the mosque, they can come inside, right behind where the sermon is given.”
Members of The King Cobra group also paid their respects to senior members of the Al-Masjid Al-Jamie mosque in Ponsonby on Saturday.
Other Mongrel Mob chapters have also shown their support throughout the country, including the Aotearoa branch who paid their respects at Hagley College school in Christchurch.
Even one of the group’s Australian chapters has reportedly been patrolling a mosque in Sydney.
BikesRepublic.com would like to convey our condolences and feeling of shock and grief to the victims’ families over the cowardly attack.
On the bike groups, we salute you, Brothers!
Source: Evening Standard