The New Zealand terrorist compared himself to Nelson Mandela and said he would win a Nobel Peace Prize
The New Zealand terrorist compared himself to Nelson Mandela and said he would win a Nobel Peace Prize in a manifesto posted online before the attack started.
Brenton Tarrant, 28, from Australia, bragged that he would be released from jail after 27 years – just like Mandela – in a 73-page document he penned.
Magnus Ranstorp, of the Swedish National Defense College, analysed the manifesto and said it had similarities with Norwegian far-right killer Anders Behring Breivik.
Ranstorp said Tarrant’s document is shorter and ‘more sloppy’ than the one written by the Breivik, who killed 77 people in 2011.
But Ranstorp said Tarrant shares traits with Breivik. He is against mass immigration and ‘has to some extent the same themes as Breivik,’ who posted his 1,500-page manifesto online before carrying out his deadly attacks.
Ranstorp told Swedish radio Friday that the New Zealand shooter, who killed at least 49 people in two mosques in Christchurch on Friday, claims to ‘have been in contact with Breivik’s sympathizers.’
On July 22, 2011, Breivik killed eight people with a car bomb in Oslo and then opened fire at an island summer camp run by the left-wing Labor Party’s youth wing, killing 69. He is serving a 21-year prison sentence.
Breivik’s lawyer, Oeystein Storrvik, told Norway’s VG newspaper that his client has ‘very limited contacts with the surrounding world so it seems very unlikely that he has had contact.’ Storrvik was not immediately available for comment.
Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg told Norwegian broadcaster NRK that the shooter’s manifesto ‘unfortunately gives associations to a situation in Norway’ that she described as ‘one of the worst in our time.’
On Twitter, Ranstorp noted that the New Zealand shooter claimed he would leave prison after 27 years and likened himself to late South African President Nelson Mandela, saying he would get the Nobel Peace Prize.
‘Yet another narcissistic right-wing extremist terrorist who has a distorted fantasy world,’ Ranstorp wrote.