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Erdoğan aide poses tough question for human rights activists

"Will those -- who marched for Charlie Hebdo [attack in Paris] -- also march for Muslims slaughtered in New Zealand?" Ibrahim Kalın -- Turkey's presidential spokesman -- said in a post shared on his official social media account by severely criticizing human rights activists in the western countries for their insincere attitudes against New Zealand mosque attacks, that a gunman opened fire on worshippers during prayers at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch, killing at least 49 people.

Turkey's presidential spokesman on Saturday posed a soul-searching question for the trail-blazers of human rights in the West, in the wake of Friday's terror attacks in New Zealand.

"Will those -- who marched for Charlie Hebdo [attack in Paris] -- also march for Muslims slaughtered in New Zealand?" Ibrahim Kalın said in a tweet.

"Those, who really share the same pain, can mourn together."

Twelve people were killed in a 2015 attack at the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical magazine, which published controversial cartoons on Prophet Muhammad.

The incident was condemned in the West as an attack on freedom of speech.

On Friday, a gunman opened fire on worshippers during prayers at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand killing at least 49 people.

Muslims across the world have condemned western media and leaders for not calling the mastermind of the attack a "terrorist".

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