The 28-year-old white supremacist who livestreamed himself slaughtering Muslims inside a New Zealand mosque said he hoped the massacre, among other things, would spark a civil war in the United States.
In a twisted 74-page manifesto, Australian citizen Brenton Tarrant describes his anti-immigrant motives for unleashing the rampage at the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch , saying the victims were a “large group of invaders” who “seek to occupy my peoples lands and ethnically replace my own people (sic).”
He calls himself “just a regular White man, from a regular family. Who decided to take a stand to ensure a future for my people,” adding that he is “a private and mostly introverted person.”
“I had little interest in education during my schooling, barely achieving a passing grade. I did not attend University as I had no great interest in anything offered in the Universities to study,” he writes, adding that he has been working as a “kebab removalist.”
He also admits he is racist and is an “Eco-fascist by nature.”
Tarrant poses the question about why he carried out the attack, then listed more than a dozen reasons.
“To most of all show the invaders that our lands will never be their lands, our homelands are our own and that, as long as a white man still lives, they will NEVER conquer our lands and they will never replace our people,” he says.
“To take revenge on the invaders for the hundreds of thousands of deaths caused by foreign invaders in European lands throughout history,” he continues.
“To take revenge for the enslavement of millions of Europeans taken from their lands by the Islamic slavers,” he says. “To take revenge for the thousands of European lives lost to terror attacks throughout European lands.”
He says he also wanted “to create conflict between the two ideologies within the United States on the ownership of firearms in order to further the social, cultural, political and racial divide within the United states.
“This conflict over the 2nd amendment and the attempted removal of firearms rights will ultimately result in a civil war that will eventually balkanize the US along political, cultural and, most importantly, racial lines.”
Tarrant also says he wanted to take revenge for Ebba Akerlund, an 11-year-old girl killed in a 2017 terror attack in Stockholm.
He describes that attack as the “first event” that inspired him to commit the heinous crime in Christchurch.
“Young, innocent and dead Ebba. Ebba was walking to meet her mother after school, when she was murdered by an Islamic attacker, driving a stolen vehicle through the shopping promenade on which she was walking. Ebba was partially deaf, unable to hear the attacker coming,” he writes.
“Ebba death at the hands of the invaders, the indignity of her violent demise and my inability to stop it broke through my own jaded cynicism like a sledgehammer.
“I could no longer ignore the attacks. They were attacks on my people, attacks on my culture, attacks on my faith and attacks on my soul. They would not be ignored.”
He says a trip he took to France in 2017 inspired the attack.
“For many years I had been hearing and reading of the invasion of France by non-whites, many of these rumors and stories I believed to be exaggerations, created to push a political narrative.
“But once I arrived in France, I found the stories not only be true, but profoundly understated. In every French city, in every French town the invaders were there.”
Citing the 2017 French general election he adds:
“The candidates were an obvious sign of our times: a globalist, capitalist, egalitarian, an ex-investment banker was no national beliefs other than the pursuit of profit versus a milquetoast,feckless, civic nationalist, an uncontroversial figure who’s most brave and inspired idea resolved to the possible deportation of illegal immigrants.”
Tarrant notes that he does not belong to any organizations or groups – but that he has “donated” to many nationalist groups “and interacted with many more.”
He also says he was not seeking fame.
“Carrying out an attack for fame would be laughable. After all who can remember the name of the attackers in the September 11 attack in New York?” he writes.
“How about the attack on the pentagon? The attackers in the plane that crashed into the field on the same day? I will be forgotten quickly. Which I do not mind.
He says he targeted the Muslim worshipers because “they were an obvious,visible and large group of invaders, from a culture with higher fertility rates, higher social trust and strong, robust traditions that seek to occupy my peoples lands and ethnically replace my own people.”
Tarrant also reveals that New Zealand was not his original choice for an attack, saying he only traveled to the country to plan and train for an attack.
“I begun planning an attack roughly two years in advance and an attack at the location in Christchurch three months in advance,” he said.
He notes he had the “will” and “resources” to use a variety of weapons to commit the heinous act, including an explosives-laden van and a plane – but that he chose guns “for the affect it would have on social discourse, the extra media coverage they would provide and the affect it could have on the politics of United states and thereby the political situation of the world.”
He adds: “The US is torn into many factions by its second amendment, along state, social, cultural and, most importantly, racial lines.
“With enough pressure the left wing within the United states will seek to abolish the second amendment, and the right wing within the US will see this as an attack on their very freedom and liberty.
“This attempted abolishment of rights by the left will result in a dramatic polarization of the people in the United States and eventually a fracturing of the US along cultural and racial lines.”
He also poses the question of whether he supports President Trump.
“As a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose? Sure. As a policy maker and leader? Dear god no,” he answers.