Suspect attacks New Zealand linked to right-wing extremists in Austria

The suspect of the attacks on the two New Zealand mosques has a financial link with the right-wing Identitarian Movement in Austria. Sebastian Kurz, the Austrian chancellor, confirms this Wednesday.

The 28-year-old Brenton Tarrant sits in custody for the shootings in the place of Christchurch, with fifty dead and dozens injured. The right-extremist has Australian nationality.

In the past few years, travelled the alleged shooter to multiple countries, including Austria, Turkey, Bulgaria, Croatia and Greece. In all of these countries are investigations into the visit of Tarrant.

In the Austrian survey has recently completed a house search took place in the house of Martin Sellner, the leader of the right-wing Identitarian Movement.

This organization, which also in surrounding countries, calls for the preservation of the ‘national identity’ and a return to traditional values of the western world. The members perform under more action against islam and immigration.

Tarrant has money transferred to the organization

Sellner said Tuesday that Tarrant a “disproportionately high” donation has been transferred to the organization and that this money is now to a good cause. Also said the Austrian that he has nothing to do with Tarrant and his deeds. “I’m not a member of a terrorist organization”, he stressed.

A spokesman of the prosecutors confirm that there is indeed a donation is made under the name of the alleged shooter. It comes to a amount of 1,500 euro. There is still under investigation, or there has been criminal offences.

Kurz argues that there is in Austria no place for extremism, and therefore wants the Identitarian Movement ban. “In our society has no tolerance for dangerous ideologies, regardless of from what angle they come”, citing Austrian media.


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