Decades of peace and love was spoiled on Friday, when a white nationalist shot his hate into the body of innocents and took lives of 49 people in New Zealand. Among the leaders condemning the deadly attacks is the Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, who made it awkward for people to believe his tweet to be true.
In the afternoon on March 15, identified suspect Brenton Tarrant attacked two mosques in Christchurch. The world was left startled as the news spread, and people were quick to respond to one of the worst hate crimes. Many started blaming some of the global leaders, particularly Donald Trump, Matteo Salvini, Viktor Orban and Jair Bolsonaro, for spreading the extreme right ideology and violence.
In response to these users, Salvini on Twitter requested compassion for those who accused him of the massacre. He wrote, “Massacre in #NewZealand, condemnation and utter contempt for the odious murderers, prayers for the innocent victims, compassion for those who say ‘it’s always Salvini’s fault’.”
The tweet came in contrast to the frequent violent rhetoric that the Lega leader has been gaining global attention for. He has also been accused of fueling racial tensions with anti-immigrant tirades in the past.
Moreover, Salvini is often identified as an Islamophobic, who has also robustly opposed the construction of new mosques. Such past records induced the masses to hold him responsible for the deadly attacks of New Zealand.
Besides, another connection that has forced people to accuse him of the attacks is with Luca Traini, an Italian right-wing extremist who was sentenced for 12 years in prison for attacking six African migrants. A user posted a picture from 2015, refreshing the memory of a handshake between Salvini and Traini.
Tarrant, who opened fire on several Muslims on March 15, reportedly owned a weapon with Traini’s name scribbled on it. It was seen as a sign of diffused antagonism in people by the influential individuals.
A large number of people claim that the escalating hate crimes are a result of the extremist political orientation, and this cannot be denied. Reports revealed that New Zealand has witnessed such an incident after more than two decades. The New York Times also reported that it highlighted how the ideology is spreading in the 21st century.
At present, global leaders are expected to be more responsible in what they say and what they want people to preach. Considering the soaring hate crimes in the world, the need of the hour is to ensure peace and stop the unjustified killings of the innocents.