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A Foreign Perspective, News and Analyses

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Young people, inspired by Greta Thunberg, rally to press politicians to act on climate change – follow live updates

Students participate in a climate protest in New Delhi, India.

Students participate in a climate protest in New Delhi, India. Photograph: Altaf Qadri/AP

Spain

Students across Spain are joining the strike, with the biggest demos beginning in Madrid and Barcelona at midday. About 45 rallies involving young people from 1,000 Spanish towns and cities are scheduled to take place today.

Young People for Climate, the apolitical group that has led today’s action, says it had felt compelled to join the global push for action and was prepared to sit down with politicians of any stripe to discuss the issue.

“Most of the politicians we have right now won’t be alive in 50 years’ time, but we will, and we can’t rely on their interests and commitments,” one of the founders, Lucas Barrero, told the Europa Press news agency.

Spain’s minister for ecological transition, Teresa Ribera, tweeted her support for the strike on Thursday night, writing: “For your children, for the people you love, for the planet you love … express yourself, act, demand and support [it].

The UK environment secretary, Michael Gove, has praised the youth strikes for climate in a video message with other Conservative MPs.

“Collective action of the kind you’re championing can make a difference, and a profound one,” said Gove. “Together we can beat climate change.”

“It will require us to change the way in which our energy is generated, change the way in which our homes are built, change the way in which our land is managed and farming operates,” he said. “But that change is absolutely necessary.”

Rebecca Pow MP said: “Your passion is an inspiration.”

This contrasts with comments from prime minister Theresa May’s official spokesman after the 15 February strikes, who said: “Disruption increases teacher’s workloads and wastes lesson time that teachers have carefully prepared for.”

Cyprus

Students in Nicosia have been joining the protests.

Students protesting against political inaction on climate change in Nicosia, Cyprus.

Students protesting against political inaction on climate change in Nicosia, Cyprus. Photograph: Katia Christodoulou/EPA

Young Leo may have captured this young woman’s heart – but she may also be pleased with Old Leo, who has become a bit of an environmental activist and tweeted in support of the school strikers last week.

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Italy

  • New Zealand PM says attack was terrorism

  • Police find explosives attached to cars

  • Three held in custody and one man charged with murder

Mass shooting at two New Zealand mosques – rolling updates

Eyewitnesses describe horror of Christchurch mosque shooting – video

Forty-nine people have been shot dead and 48 injured in attacks at two mosques during Friday prayers in Christchurch, the worst mass shooting in New Zealand’s history.

The prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, said this was “one of New Zealand’s darkest days” as police uncovered explosive devices attached to cars and commissioner Mike Bush urged all mosques across the country to close their doors for the time being.

One explosive had been safely detonated and another was in the process of being dismantled, Bush said, but the situation was still “evolving” with a real possibility of further offenders being explored. New Zealand’s entire police arsenal and personnel were deployed throughout the country and en masse in Christchurch, the South Island’s largest city, which is known to have an active white-supremacist subculture.

Hotels in the inner city stationed security guards at their entrances, and armed police continued to protect landmarks of significance, including the courthouse and Christchurch hospital, which is believed to have been a further target of the suspected terrorist group, with a Christchurch spokesperson telling local media police were concerned the group had plans to target the victims of the mosque attack as they were transported to hospital.

Four people were taken into custody – three men and one woman – for what Ardern described as a terrorist attack. One person was later released.

Police officers secure the area in front of Al Noor mosque after the shooting.

Police officers secure the area in front of Al Noor mosque after the shooting. Photograph: Tessa Burrows/AFP/Getty Images

The Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison, called the massacre a “rightwing extremist attack” and said one suspect was Australian-born, without giving further details.

A man in his late 20s has been charged with murder and will appear in Christchurch court on Saturday. The police have not named him.

Ardern condemned the ideology of the people behind the shootings, saying: “You may have chosen us but we utterly reject and condemn you.”

New Zealand’s threat level has been raised from low to high and none of the suspects were on terrorism watchlists, Ardern said.

As dusk fell, people who escaped the two shootings returned to the scene, where they waited at the police cordon in an attempt to reach an unknown number of people still being held in a back room of the Al Noor mosque, where 30 people were killed in the first attack. Ten people were subsequently killed at the Linwood Islamic Centre, four miles (6km) away.

Relatives of those inside estimated about 100 people remained locked inside the mosque.

A small trickle of Christchurch residents stood with the victims keeping vigil, rubbing their shoulders, offering food and logistical support. “We’re so sorry,” they repeated, and: “This is not us, this is not New Zealand.” Some in typical New Zealand fashion were using black humour, evidently as a coping mechanism in the midst of an overwhelming tragedy.

‘Where are we safe now?’

Hassan, 29, a Sri Lankan Muslim who has lived in New Zealand for six months, said he came to the country for its “peace, and because there are no wars”. He did not wish to give his last name.

He was at the Linwood mosque’s Friday prayer service when the shooting began, and hit the floor as women around him rose up and screamed at the gunmen: “Do not come here,” some of them charging towards the shooter.

“The shooter was screaming a lot and waving the gun in every direction, shooting, shooting, shooting,” he said. “I don’t know who of my friends is dead or alive now. I am waiting. Police told me: ‘I am sorry, this is the first time this has ever happened in this country.’”

Hassan’s home is within the Al Noor police cordon, and he was unable to return on Friday night.

Mohammed, a Fijian Muslim who also did not wish to give his last name, was in the Al Noor mosque when the shooting started. He escaped through the back door, but said his son-in-law was shot in the shoulder, and his nephew was trapped inside.

“I am happy that I am alive,” he said. “I am new to New Zealand and at the mosque you find your friends and family. They are after the Muslims. They only see religion … They don’t see people any more.

“We are not safe any more. Where are we safe now?”

The New Zealand national flag is flown at half-mast on a parliament building in Wellington.

The national flag is flown at half-mast on a parliament building in Wellington. Photograph: Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images

As shots began to ring out, police put the city in lockdown and evacuated nearby climate change protests, with children separated from their relatives looked after by council staff until it was safe.

Those who live near the two mosques reported people climbing over fences to escape the shooter, and begging for help as the massacre unfolded.

The gunman entered the Al Noor mosque in central Christchurch and opened fire at 1.40pm local time.

An estimated 400 people were inside for Friday prayers. Witness Len Peneha told Associated Press he saw a man dressed in black enter the Al Noor mosque and then heard dozens of shots, followed by people running away in terror.

He said he also saw the gunman flee before emergency services arrived. Peneha said he went into the mosque to try to help: “I saw dead people everywhere.”

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