A former instructor of fitness in rural Australia, Brenton Tarrant, who presents himself as a “white man, ordinary,” from the working class, seems to have been won by the ideology of neo-fascist on the occasion of peregrinations, multiple in Europe.
This Australian of 28 years was charged Saturday after one of the worst crimes ever committed in New Zealand: the massacre of 49 faithful in mosques in Christchurch.
During his brief appearance before the court of this city in the South Island, he quickly made the hand signs of the recognition of the white-supremacist. There was likely no criminal record and was not on the radar of any intelligence service in new zealand.
Brenton Tarrant grew up in the small town of Grafton, in the north of the australian State of New South Wales, where he has followed training of fitness instructor after his graduation from the high school. He worked for a time in 2009 in a gym of the city.
The boss of this room, Tracey Gray, remembers one employee who worked hard, but was transformed by his travels in Europe and Asia. The literature on social networks suggest that he would have gone to Pakistan, and North Korea.
– Youth with no history? –
He himself acknowledges will be made in France, Spain or Portugal. The Bulgarian authorities have announced the investigation on the grounds of his / her stay in Bulgaria in November.
This was not the first time that this Australian was in the south-east of Europe: he had made a short stay in the Balkans in December 2016, travelling by bus through Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
A senior official of turkey has also indicated that Brenton Tarrant had made several trips to Turkey.
“I think it has changed during the years he traveled abroad,” said Mrs. Gray to the public channel ABC australia. “No doubt, there are real-life experiences, or a group that met, that have made it evolve at a given time.”
A hypothesis supported by the manifest of 74 pages packed full of references, hateful, published by the shooter just before the start of the carnage.
In this text, he recounts having for the first time, planned to commit an attack in April or may of 2017 then he travelled in France and Western Europe.
He claims to have been hit by the “invasion” of French cities by immigrants and speaks of the “despair” that has aroused in him the victory in the second round of the French presidential Emmanuel Macron in the face of the candidate of the far-right Marine Le Pen.
Entitled “The great replacement”, this text indicates that the shooter wanted to take it out on muslims. The title seems to be a reference to a thesis of the French writer Renaud Camus on the disappearance of the “european peoples”, “replaced” according to him, the populations of non-european immigrants, which is growing in popularity in the circles of the extreme right.
In a very short autobiography accompanying his manifesto, Brenton Tarrant introduces himself as “a man plain white (…) born in Australia in a working-class family with low income”.
He describes his youth as being “normal” and, he insists, without history. He gets misses her diploma at the high school but has no desire to pursue studies further.
– Breivik and Mosley –
Media have reported that his father had died of cancer in 2010, and Ms. Gray believes that his mother and sister still live in Grafton.
Brenton Tarrant will leave the gym in 2011. His travels, he says, have been funded by investing his money on Bitconnect, a cryptomonnaie which collapsed in early 2018 and is accused of having, in fact, was a Ponzi scheme.
Five weapons, including two semi-automatic weapons modified -presumably of the AR-15 and two shotguns were used in the carnage of Friday.
On pictures of that arsenal put in line, appear clearly on the arms of the inscriptions in English and in various languages of eastern Europe.
You can read references to great figures of military history, including many Europeans who fought against the Turkish forces in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth centuries. But also references to the Crusades.
In his manifesto, Brenton Tarrant cites in the text different authors of racist attacks or ultra-right, in particular the Norwegian, Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in July 2011. He claims to have had “brief contact” with him.
Over the document, he declared himself to be “racist”, “fascist”, and says that Oswald Mosley, founder in 1932 of the Union of british fascists, is “in the Story the person closest to my own beliefs”.