Brisbane vigil for victims of Christchurch terror attack


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All Brisbane residents have been invited to come together this Friday for a memorial service to honour the victims of last week’s terror attack in Christchurch.

Brisbane Deputy Mayor Adrian Schrinner announced a vigil for the victims of the shooting would be held at King George Square, outside Brisbane City Hall, from 5pm this Friday (March 22).

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City Hall, Story Bridge and Victoria Bridge will again be lit in white for the vigil that night, as they were last Friday.

“We encourage as many people as possible from across Brisbane and south-east Queensland community to come along to show their respects and to support a tolerant Brisbane,” Schrinner said on Wednesday.

“We know there’s so much support for Christchurch and the victims, but also supporting a tolerant, multicultural community here in Brisbane as well.

“There’s so many lessons to be learn out of this, we’re going to make sure that Brisbane stays a tolerant, welcoming and friendly place where we all get along.”

A vigil will also be held at the Logan Entertainment Centre this evening from 5pm to unite the city and “show strength in the face of terror.”

“Logan’s large New Zealand and Islamic communities have been rocked by this tragedy,” Logan City Acting Mayor Cherie Dalley said.

“What happened in Christchurch is beyond deplorable – it is an act of hatred and violence that we utterly denounce, and we stand with our New Zealand and Muslim friends in grief and solidarity.”

On Tuesday night, the Brisbane City Council passed a motion of condolence for New Zealand and the family and friends of the victims of the Christchurch terrorist attack on Tuesday night.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said councillors “all join as one to denounce any form of terrorism” and reaffirmed Brisbane’s commitment to respect and harmony “regardless of faith systems [and] regardless of cultural backgrounds.”

“Today, we pray for all of those people who have lost their lives, we pray for those who’ve been critically injured and we pray for those who’ve lost family or friends,” he said.

The motion was seconded by opposition leader Peter Cumming, who said Australia and New Zealand had a special bond and it was “a national shame that a born and bred Australian was responsible” for the shooting at the Christchurch mosque.

There is a condolence book located in the foyer of City Hall for those who wish to pay tribute to the victims of the Christchurch terror attack.
 

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