US president in Buffalo: Biden condemns act as ‘terrorism’

Status: 05/17/2022 8:42 p.m.

US President Biden has condemned the Buffalo attack that left ten people dead as “racist” terrorism. During a site visit, he clearly opposed far-right ideology, which the author also seems to represent.

Three days after the fatal shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, US President Joe Biden and his wife Jill visited the city in the US state of New York. He laid flowers at the scene and spoke to the families of the victims.

Biden condemned the act in the strongest possible terms, calling it a “murderous and racist” crime. “What happened here is terrorism, plain and simple,” the president said.

Ten people shot dead

On Saturday, an 18-year-old opened fire in and outside a supermarket in a predominantly black neighborhood of the city. Ten people were killed in the attack and three others injured. Eleven of the victims were black.

According to the police, there are several indications of a racist motive on the part of the attacker. For example, he published a manifesto on the Internet containing far-right views. The attacker was caught by the police immediately after the crime and arrested. He has already been charged with first degree murder. He faces life imprisonment.

An ideology like “the poison”

Biden called white supremacy “poison” and “lies.” He criticized that the internet and other media, as well as politics, would spread the “hate” that had led to the radicalization of a “lost” and “isolated” person in this case – believing in the “great exchange “, a conspiracy theory. which is particularly prevalent in the far-right milieu. The abuser is a “hateful” person.

“I condemn those who spread this lie for power, political gain and/or profit,” Biden continued – while promising that the hate would not win in the United States.

Biden recalls Charlottesville assassination attempt

Biden also recalled a protest in Charlottesville in 2017 that was heavily attended by neo-Nazis. Around this time, a right-wing extremist drove his car into a group of counter-protesters and killed a woman. This crime motivated him to run for president, Biden said: “We have seen too many times the murderous and destructive violence that this ideology unleashes.”

Biden’s spokeswoman, Karine Jean-Pierre, had earlier clearly condemned white supremacy: “People spreading this garbage” should be ashamed.

US President Biden calls Buffalo shooting terrorism

Peter Mücke, ARD New York, May 17, 2022 10:06 p.m.

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