(Dan Tri) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been criticized for showing some images in a live video of the gunman’s crime in the terrorist attack in New Zealand, in order to increase support in the terrorist attack in New Zealand.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Photo: AA)

BBC reported that Mr. Erdogan participated in election campaigns in the cities of Istanbul and Tekirdag over the weekend to seek support before a local election later this month.

In at least three election campaigns, blurred images cut from video of the Christchurch church shooting that the perpetrator streamed online were shown on screens, along with excerpts from the video.

Mr. Erdogan’s main purpose is to condemn the global wave of Islamophobia – along with the West’s response to this wave – and also to criticize political opponents in Türkiye as weak.

Pointing to the screen, Mr. Erdogan told the crowd that the suspect in New Zealand had specifically mentioned Türkiye in the `manifesto`.

Mr. Erdogan said during a rally in Gaziantep: “What does that mean?

The Muslim country of Türkiye is located in both Europe and Asia, the territory in Asia is called Anatolia.

New Zealand voiced criticism

New Zealand immediately reacted to Ankara’s above moves.

Mr. Peters added that he expressed his opposition during a meeting with Turkish officials who were on a trip to New Zealand after the attacks, including Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

Previously, on March 15, an Australian gunman attacked two mosques in the city center of Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 50 people and injuring 50 others.

The perpetrator of the attack recorded a live video of the shooting and the video was quickly distributed online, before social networks removed it at the request of the New Zealand government.

In New Zealand, the above video is considered offensive and possessing or distributing it is considered a criminal act.

Social network Facebook said it removed 1.5 million videos about the attack around the world within the first 2 hours.

However, videos still appear even on some major websites in the form of photos, animations or even videos.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Facebook and other major social networks still have many questions to answer about how to respond to the incident.

An 18-year-old man appeared in court in New Zealand today charged with distributing the video under a law that experts say is often used to target the sharing of child pornography.