wake of the Christchurch tragedy, laying flowers and messages of support on the side of Hagley Park, close to the Al Noor mosque.
A makeshift memorial grew in the center of the main street, below traffic lights that flashed orange to indicate roads leading to the mosque were closed.
No one was allowed to approach the building, not even local home owner Sue Harrison, whose c
ar was still parked in the driveway of her property behind the Deans Avenue mosque.
Christchurch resident Sue Harrison heard the gunshots from her house, near to the Al
Noor mosque, and called the police. Her son Zin (right) called her to check she was alright.
She remembers listening to the soothing chant of afternoo
n prayers when it was broken by gunshots. Harrison called the police and hid inside her
house as the gunman worked his way through the mosque, shooting as many people as he could.
”The time the shots were happening, it was terrifying, absolutely terrifying,” Har
rison said. “There was almost an immediate feeling that they’re being targeted.”
at the mosque. He remembered his mother was at their property waiting to meet a contractor. He texted her. She was safe.
Then he saw the video broadcast live from a camera fixed to the gunman’s helmet. It
showed the gunman using the family’s driveway as a base to store his loaded weapons.
”I couldn’t believe it, that the guy had literally parked in our driveway and walked into the mosque, walked back to our driveway and back into the mosque,” South said.
When police arrived they helped Harrison get out of the house and over the back fence. “She wa
sn’t allowed to leave (by the front) because there were literally bodies lying in the driveway,” her son said.
The family says there’s no way that house can be their home now.
Amid the flowers at the roadblock on Saturday was a homemade sign printed on a piece of A4 paper, titled “#No to hate and terror.”
”If New Zealand is like a vessel of milk filled to the very brim, then consider immigrants
as a pinch of sugar. We’ll not bring the vessel to overflowing but make the milk sweeter,” the sign said.
The author, Deepak Sharma, was standing nearby holding an identical copy. He moved from India to New Zeal
and 10 years ago, and with tears in his eyes told CNN, “This is not the country we chose to immigrate to.”
months on how the petition has been processed, according to the SPP.
Prosecuting authorities have been treating the protection of human rights as being as important as fighting crime, Zhang said.
“Our work is based on facts and laws as well as the principle of ‘no one is let off, no one is wronged’,” he said.
Last year, prosecutors turned down police requests to formally arrest
168,458 people and dropped charges against 34,398 others — up by 15.9 percent and 14.1
percent year-on-year — because of insufficient evidence or because their actions did not constitute a crime.
“Even one wrongful case is too much,” Zhang said, adding that prosecutors will make consist
ent efforts to prevent wrongful cases and make timely rectification once such a case is detected.
“We should be responsible to the law, history and the people,” he said.
“I was about to be 30 and wanted to celebrate this special birthday in Europe, but I couldn’t find any companion to go with
me,” he said. “So, I visited Europe on my own and found doing so could be pleasant, as it enabled me to change my rou
te and meet interesting travelers. I even met a backpacker who guided me to the Alps.”
Xu Xiaolei, a spokesman for China Youth Travel Service, said the number of people traveling alone has grown steadily in rec
ent years. Last year, 10 percent of the company’s revenue came from single travelers, mostly ages 18 to 30.
“For the younger generation, experiencing unique cultu
res and relaxing their minds and bodies are the main reasons for traveling, rather than con
necting with others or sightseeing. So they won‘t stop travelling because they lack a companion,” Xu said.
In tour groups, guides will usually pay more attention to solo travelers, making them feel less lonely or embarrassed, he said.