By Sohaila Barghash
Police confirmed that the suspect’s name is Brenton Tarrant, a personal trainer from the northern New South Wales city of Grafton, describing him as a “right-wing extremist terrorist.”
A while before his live stream of the attack on Facebook, the suspect published what appears like a “manifesto” in which he criticized immigrants and called them invaders”.
The document consisted of 74 pages, containing a collection of slogans and tirades against immigrants, Muslims, and Jews posted on the chat forum 8chan.
In fact this forum is known for publishing among other things, a wide range of hate speech.
Based on the document, the suspect’s motivation was “white genocide” and the growth of minority populations.
Additionally, the author described himself as an ordinary white man born into a working-class-low-income family with Scottish, Irish, and English origins.
After the death of his father, Tarrant started traveling and recalled visiting very different places where white Australians were a minority.
Tarrant also claimed that while traveling, he had brief contact with the Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik, during which he gave his blessing to the attack.
In the document, the attacker also described himself as a “racist” who sees the US President Donald Trump as a “symbol of renewed white identity.”
The manifesto revealed that the attacker had been planning the attack for the past two years and had moved to New Zealand to execute it.
Also claiming that Emmanuel Macron’s victory over Marie Le Pen in France’s 2017 presidential, played an important role in his radicalisation.
Furthermore, Tarrant praised the Internet, saying it taught him a lot as it helped him develop his “beliefs”.
In fact, his broader views seem to have been put together by pieces he found on the world wide web, as the document reveals a great deal of involvement in online subcultures that attract extremism.