Vigil for Christchurch victims

Members of the Women Crisis Centre and Womens Rights Movement during a vigil yesterday. Picture: ATU RASEA

TEARS flowed freely as Fijians gathered for a candle light vigil at the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre last night to remember the lives of those gunned down in terrorist attacks at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday.

The vigil was attended by academics, tertiary students, representatives of civil societies and Christian denominations and people from all walks of life.

FWCC co-ordinator Shamima Ali said “Religion is about love and compassion. In solidarity we stand with our New Zealand brothers and sisters as they try to recover from this painful event”.

She added: “I am also saddened with the manner in which some people have criticised this issue on social media and even to the extent running down the Muslim religion, it’s heartbreaking.

“We hope that this never happens in our country, just imagine it happened right next door to our New Zealand neighbour. Let’s pray that this will never happen in Fiji,” Ms Ali said.

Fiji Women’s Rights Movement director Nalini Singh said people should refrain from promoting hate crime within the society.

Activist Roshika Deo said one could only imagine the fear Muslims in Fiji were currently experiencing.

“We should not use social media to amplify these hate crimes, we are all the same in front of our creator,” she said.

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