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The suspended accounts contained anti-Islamic content and white supremacist hate speech

Friday March 22, 2019 12:04 PM, ummid.com News Network

New Zealand PM receives death threat

Wellington: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who is being hailed for the strong support and solidarity she extended to the Muslims ever since the Christchurch mosques terror attack last Friday, has received death threats on micro-blogging social media site Twitter.

According to New Zealand Herald, the Prime Minister received at least two threatening messages on her Twitter account soon after she led today the special ceremony marking first Friday after the worst ever terrorist attack in the history of New Zealand.

The messages have been removed and the accounts have been suspended. The suspended accounts contained anti-Islamic content and white supremacist hate speech, Herald reported.

"Police are aware of a comment made on Twitter and are making enquiries", a police spokeswoman told the leading newspaper.

The message came at 1.48pm, closely after the nationwide two-minute silence for the mosque victims. The posts were pointed out to Twitter itself after the social networking giant tweeted a message of support following the two Christchurch mosque attacks last Friday which left 50 people dead.

Twitter Public Policy's tweet - promoted by Twitter Australia - read: "Kia Kaha. We stand together with New Zealand."

Jacinda Ardern is also being hailed for her handling of the situation after the March 15 terrorist attack in Christchurch.

"I was deeply impressed by her in the flesh, so to speak, to meet her having heard her statements of the last several days and seeing how she went personally to embrace the families of the bereaved and to express her views condemning hatred and hate-speak", El Hassan Bin Talal, the Crown Prince of Jordan, said.

Prince El Hassan Bin Talal, who is in New Zealand with a delegation to support the families of the Jordanian victims, met with Ardern last night.

"To observe a [two] minute silence, to listen to the call to prayer, this must be very galling for the hate-peddlers. You can only contain or confront hate with compassion and love", he added, referring to the live broadcast of Azaan - Muslim call to prayers, on New Zealand nationald TV and radio channels.

Jacinda Ardern had earlier hit the headlines in 2018 after she attended the United National General Assembly session with her 03-month-old baby in tow. She shares with former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto the honour of becoming mother while holding Prime Minister's office. But, she is the only head of state who took her baby to the United Nations and delivered speech.

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