Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has screened a montage of the horrific terrorist attack in Christchurch, in an apparent attempt to rally his conservative voter base.
On Friday, Erdogan told a crowd the alleged shooter had visited Turkey twice, and had warned that Turkish people had no place in Europe, reports Al Jazeera.
"We do not want to see a cross and crescent conflict again," Erdogan told spectators, referencing the conflict between Christians and Muslims.
Erdogan told the crowd the alleged shooter said Turkish Muslims should be removed from Turkey's European territory, reports Al Jazeera.
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Turkey straddles Europe and Asia, with its Asian section known as Anatolia.
"The wicked person who martyred 49 brothers and sisters is saying we can stay on the Anatolian side, but we cannot pass to the European side. Who do you think you are?" Erdogan said.
Facebook, YouTube and other social media networks have been battling to remove the footage of the attack, with a Google spokesperson saying it had removed "thousands" of links to the footage.
Police issued a warning on Friday, urging people not to share the footage.
"Police are aware there is extremely distressing footage relating to the incident in Christchurch circulating online.
"We would strongly urge that the link not be shared. We are working to have any footage removed."