'Human chain of love' planned in support of Muslim population

The chain made around a Californian Mosque in the wake of the Christchurch attack.
The chain made around a Californian Mosque in the wake of the Christchurch attack. Photo credit: KTVU & Jude Fippard/Facebook.

A "human chain of love" is being organised for mosques around New Zealand, to show solidarity for New Zealand's Muslim population.

NZ Stand Together is a Facebook event that has been scheduled for Friday at 1.15- 2.15pm - exactly one week on from the tragedy. Organisers are hoping to get people out to their local mosques to join hands in a chain around the buildings.

Jude Fippard, an organiser of NZ Stand Together, said on Facebook she hopes to make the event countrywide.

"It has the blessing and approval of the NZ Police and the [Auckland] Muslim Community Liaison Officer," she said.

"Let's form a human chain of love and support around your local mosques on Friday at noon so they can pray in peace."

The "human chain" was used recently by a group outside a Californian mosque in a show of support and protection from non-Muslims during Saturday prayers.

Kri Belden of Lodi, California, told KTVU that the people involved said they were there to "keep [the people inside] safe during their religious services following Friday's mass shooting in New Zealand."

The New Zealand Stand Together event can be found here and there is a similar event scheduled to take place at Wellington's Kilbirnie Mosque on Friday, details of which can be found here.

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