A man seen wearing a pro-Donald Trump T-shirt allegedly shouted racist abuse outside the mosque that was the scene of New Zealand’s deadliest mass killing last month, reports Newsweek.
The incident was first reported on the Facebook page “Muslims in Christchurch and Canterbury.”
Facebook user Adrian Wright shared an image showing a man in a black T-shirt with the words “Trump 2020” on it, walking past two police officers stationed outside the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Deans Avenue, Christchurch.
The majority of the 50 people killed by a self-avowed white supremacist on March 15 were slain at that mosque.
Wright noted that he had seen the man outside the mosque who was “swearing and saying that all Muslims are terrorists and that we hate Jesus- in addition to saying that we all need to leave New Zealand, among other things.”
“He was there for about 15 minutes, he also kicked and tried to damage some of the memorial items along Deans Ave in front of the masjid.”
“The police officer who was there let him go (claiming that he can’t arrest him because he didn’t break any laws), and afterward, the superior officer came on the scene and said they were trying to find him to arrest him,” the post added.
Christchurch police confirmed that they were investigation the incident and looking to speak with the man, who could face a disorderly behavior charge, reports TVNZ.
Yasmeenah Safiya, 17, said her friend called her in a distraught state after being subjected to the abuse.
“She was like, ‘a guy just came in wearing a Trump shirt and he was shouting abuse at all of us,'” Stuff reported her as saying.