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this is d.w. news live from berlin new zealand is in mourning after a deadly attack on two mosques as christ church remembers the forty nine victims of friday's massacre this is affected gunman has appeared in court and has been charged with murder also coming up. marching toward their future thousands of children around the globe to skip school to demand more action on climate protection.
i'm married to evanston it's good to have you with us. less than twenty four hours after the mass shootings at two mosques the new zealand the suspected gunman has appeared in court and has been charged with murder the twenty eight year old australian man brenton tera and was remanded without a plea until his next court appearance which is scheduled for april fifth new zealand's prime minister just send ardern has promised the country's gun laws will change in light of the attack she's been reassuring muslim community leaders in christ church meeting personally with them the attack left forty nine people dead and many dozens more injured. it's new zealand's worst ever peacetime mass killing and the community of christ church is struggling to process the events. they were supposed to be safe in
a country that prides itself on being welcoming and inclusive but the massacres at two of their places of worship have stunned the people of christchurch it really hit home because i used to go to that mosque to play be used to hang out there with my friends and stop saying that something like this is a. different. way. and racism and xenophobia is something just something that happened in america happening. here and it is dangerous this center is providing information and psychological support to friends and relatives who still don't know the fate of their loved ones. is one of those awaiting news she says the attacks will change new zealand forever. i think change is the until you get into be. more spit on the focus is on the community and the season on the lead . to get it down a little the authorities here are still on high alert this is one of the two
mosques where dozens were murdered as they met to pray on friday afternoon. as you can see the area has been heavily cordoned off and authorities have warned other mosques to keep their doors closed as investigations are under way but you can also see from the number of people here how deeply this has upset the local community in a city that is usually a quiet and peaceful place i spoke to people who told me they cried all night unable to believe that something like this could happen in new zealand. but a police warning for people to stay inside couldn't keep these residents of christ church from paying their respects to the muslim victims at a makeshift memorial. months we were here you. probably from the muslim community were better for you know we want to. show that we support them this is a city where people seem to get their people in three places to give like this just
i'm just feel so much from the city that i know today christ church is in mourning and doubling down on its values as a multicultural society. let's get the latest now from new zealand and for that we're joined by journalist peter mckenzie who's in the capital wellington hello to you peter so it's an unspeakably horrific attack how is the country coping a day later. the only reaction. devastation it was just a really struggling to understand what this means for a country to really understand the nature of the events that just yesterday it's it's a really troubling time to co-create well and specially in light of the fact that new zealand is known as a very peaceful place a very open place it's also quite small just five million people live in new zealand just how widespread is racism in the country. well
you're totally right this is a smaller a peace loving country and that's how the reason why we were targeted. explicitly stated that he wanted to make a big a stash splash by targeting a country that has a strong record of of safety and peace with us and that's what makes that all the more despicable the attack really shows that our vision of ourselves the peace loving country is really obscured growing as a lot of folks in pockets of new zealand and that's really come out in that the schools surrounding the of him there's been commentary from our rights relations commission discussing just the deeply ingrained islamophobia that people of muslim people who are muslim have to suffer on a daily basis here in new zealand and that's something that you don't is really going to have to confront over the coming days and ways. well it said that the high number of casualties was a result of the type of weapons that were used in this attack and now the prime
minister of new zealand says she's looking at actually tightening gun control laws what needs to happen. well the last time i got a lot was significantly strengthened it was. the last major mass shooting in new zealand which was nine hundred ninety one and while a mascot and since the heart from a few minor changes our gun laws have really stagnated so at the moment we don't have a rich history of the different far as that excess new zealand make it really quite difficult tracking those know who owns what and we also allow the position of some simular americans which with some small modifications can be turned into the kinds of weapons that the shooter used in that horrific massacre so those are the two kind of main issues that look like your own table for gun the former coming weeks and a prime minister a signal that she's keen to look into this issue senior policymakers have expressed
a lot of eagerness and the police minister has a record of engaging in this issue and pushing to go home so it really looks like. journalists peter mckenzie talking to us from new zealand capital wellington thanks for your reporting. well let's talk a bit more now about the main suspect in the new zealand attack and to try and understand his motives for that i'm joined by rafael buss song he's an expert on terrorism and crisis management at the german institute for international security affairs rafael thanks for being here so what can you tell us about the background of the main suspect brant terance and his possible motives well that's known so far is that he describes himself as a straightforward working class man who didn't go to university apparently he worked as a fitness trainer but that's basically it and i think we have to give some time to the investigation of the court case to unveil more about his real back or whether there is
a particular personal crisis or other event that pushed him towards this extremism well one of the things that was mentioned by the prime minister of new zealand was that this man had traveled around the world do we know if he had any links to white supremacist or far right movements elsewhere well it is only in the festival and these are the things that we have to go on but that's of course something that we first have to test whether it's true so in his own money fast so he talks about having traveled to europe in the mid two thousand tens and that having influenced him particularly going to france i also saw that there is are apparently now some hint that he might have been in the balkans where there's also entrenched extremist seen and also his weapons were sort of engraved writings referring to battles in the balkans and some of this kind of right wing network so this is credible but again that needs to be corroborated by an independent investigation and for that we need some time well you know in the wake of horrible attacks like this i think
there's often this desire on the part of the public to do something to take some sort of action now we're hearing talk of perhaps changing gun laws in new zealand from a kind of security management perspective would that. but that prevent future attacks such as this where there is no full security or guarantee against attacks so changing gun laws now may not be the solution to everything but in principle yes it is always a good thing from a terrorist counterterrorist perspective to restrict the access to weapons it has to be said actually that apparently the perpetrator and to say that this is actually hopes that this will create a create a culture movement a peak in the u.s. so it's a kind of a strange game off what the attacker really wants but i think the more important thing here is now to really realize that's the more the biggest thing not just because even the right wing terrorism is a strategic threat and that we need to reorient more resources from jihadist
terrorism which remains very serious also to the transnational threat all right rafael but some from the german institute for international and security affairs thank you for that. let's get you up to speed now on some of the other stories making news around the world. in paris french police have again been firing tear gas and water cannons to disperse yellow best protesters it's month tours since the weekly protests started and today's demonstration is markedly more violent than in recent weeks the protesters are angry with french president a model mccrone who they accuse of favoring france's elite. u.s. president donald trump has vetoed a measure from congress revoking his declaration of a national emergency at the us mexico border it's the first veto of his presidency congress will now need a two thirds majority in both chambers to override him which is unlikely to happen
with this. now thousands of children around the globe skipped school on friday to call on world leaders to combat climate change the student strikes are part of the fridays for a future movement which was started by a sixteen year old swedish climate activist gratitude well yesterday was the biggest strike day yet with young activists following her lead in an estimated one hundred countries. out of their classrooms onto the streets these students in germany's capital spent friday afternoon calling on the government to take action on the environment. we must to clean up under climate change scares me we have to do something about it before it's too late so missing the last two periods of school doesn't matter that much. in brussels it's the same message climate change khan's big note that people oh it's a really slow process and that is why don't you think they can ignore it because
well it's only had it in a couple of decades or maybe centuries but we have to right now if you want to prevent the disaster it's that urgency that has echoed around the world in. he is highly polluted capital dili these children are already suffering. to have a right to breathe and they are going on getting because of the pollution increasing day by day week asia is particularly vulnerable to climate change. that goes for africa too as these kids and you can just come know only too well. they're cutting down ditches and it's affecting us a lot and the government to know that this climate action is real and it's needed you now. in the u.s. students took the message straight to the seat of power addressing lawmakers in washington d.c. please leave our planet is dying and they're being paid off by fossil fuel
companies and we know that me see that and so we can follow the money and we're here to take them down and to stop them and we're voting are. back in europe where it began is the girl who's active resistance a global movement sweden's press a tune back. eighty's show after all there's a crisis before us that we have to live with it's a crisis that our children and their children will have to live with but we want to accept it we will not lead to tappan and that is why we are demonstrating because we want a future and we will continue fighting to stay put even on trying to do become a full church though. it was the biggest day yet for the student strikers and the movement shows no signs of slowing down. motor sports now and in formula one defending champion lewis hamilton has claimed pole position for the season opening australian brown three hamilton set
a new lap record at the melbourne circuit edging out teammate well terry bought us with a dramatic a late run the mercedes pair were well ahead of ferraris a bust and fed on who could only manage third on the grid it was hamilton. six consecutive pole position in melbourne. and i am taking that so it was so close out there we go to the incredible crowd here but what a beautiful day and i again coming from testing from wind we had no idea where we would be. you know we were hoping a full three where we are wouldn't work and for that the guys back to the factory working so hard and on the weekend this weekend also they've just been you know just work and i think. they're up to date now and d.-w. news up next after a short break is world stories but first we leave you with some images of berlin the new is so every day on friday the city's tear park zoo showed off a three month old polar bear cub here's a look at the little bear's first public appearance thanks for watching.