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Terrorism in New Zealand

Posted on in International Relations · Terrorism

An Australian man in his late twenties attacked two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Fifty people were killed and 50 more injured. CNN reported that New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the attack on Friday as one of her country’s ‘darkest days.’ She said that the suspects held ‘extremist views’ that have no place in New Zealand or anywhere else in the world.

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  • Writing: Describe the nature of the terrorist attack in New Zealand.
  • Debate: Social media companies must be regulated in order to prevent the spread of hateful ideologies and violence.
  • Poll: Do you believe governments must do more to crackdown on hateful ideologies spreading around the world?
  • Short Answer: How has the Prime Minister of New Zealand responded to the terrorist attacks in her country?

Current events quiz:

1) Where did the Christchurch shooting occur?

a. United States
b. United Kingdom
c. New Zealand
d. Australia

2) What happened within 24 hours of the attack?

a. The Prime Minister made promises to outlaw semi-automatic rifles.
b. President Donald Trump made a speech promising more gun control in America.
c. The Prime Minister made slightly Islamophobic statements about the attack.
d. The shooter committed suicide.

3) Who is the Prime Minister of New Zealand?

a. Winston Peters
b. Clare Curran
c. Jacinda Ardern
d. Helen Clark

4) The New Zealand PM’s office received the shooter’s ‘manifesto’ minutes before the attack. (T/F)

5) Brenton Tarrant, the shooter, committed suicide before authorities could arrest him. (T/F)

6) Brenton Tarrant made a hand gesture associated with white supremacists during his appearance in court. (T/F)


1) C

2) A

3) C

4) T

5) F

6) T

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