New Zealand police arrest man over Christchurch mosque 'abuse'

A handwritten note is displayed among flowers during a vigil in Christchurch for the victims of the mosque massacre.

A handwritten note is displayed among flowers during a vigil in Christchurch for the victims of the mosque massacre.

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WELLINGTON - New Zealand police on Thursday arrested a man spotted in a "Trump" tee-shirt hurling abuse at worshippers outside one of the Christchurch mosques where dozens were killed in a massacre last month.

Police said the 33-year-old man had "shaken" the Muslim community late Wednesday at the Al Noor mosque by shouting abuse at people.

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"Our community has no tolerance for those who target or victimise others because of their identity, and nor does police," Canterbury district commander superintendent John Price said in a statement Wednesday.

"This is especially so for members of our Muslim community who are already dealing with so much," he added.

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The man described as being "of solid build with short dark hair and a tattoo on his left shoulder/neck area", walked off into the park opposite the mosque after the incident, but was later apprehended.

Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, a self-avowed white supremacist, has been charged with 50 counts of murder and 39 of attempted murder over the Christchurch twin mosque attacks.

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