Turkey's Erdogan again shows shooting video hours after meeting with New Zealand FM

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Published on March 22, 2019 - Duration: 01:49s

Turkey's Erdogan again shows shooting video hours after meeting with New Zealand FM

Blurred video of last week's shooting of 50 people at mosques in New Zealand was shown again at a rally of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Friday, two hours after New Zealand's foreign minister said he understood such footage was no longer being shown.

Emily Wither reports from Istanbul.

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Turkey's Erdogan again shows shooting video hours after meeting with New Zealand FM

Doing the very thing that brought him criticism from around the world.

Turkey's President yet again showed a blurred video of last week's deadly Christchurch mosque shooting at an election rally on Friday (March 22).

Erdogan has been using it to drum up support for his Islamist-rooted party ahead of local elections here.

He's also called on New Zealand to restore the death penalty.

And, referring to a manifesto posted online by the attacker, he's said Turkey will return anyone who tried to take the battle to Istanbul "in coffins." But New Zealand's foreign minister - dispatched by the prime minister to confront Erdogan - says he didn't bring it up and that the footage isn't being shown anymore.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) NEW ZEALAND FOREIGN MINISTER, WINSTON PETERS, SAYING: "Well, I tell you why, because I did not see any sound long-term peaceful purpose in raising it, and also we were the recipients of very assuring information from the president's office and international media releases in the closing 48 hours of getting here." Winston Peters was attending a meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul, where Erdogan struck a conciliatory tone praising New Zealand's leader for her response to the attack.

He said Jacinda Ardern, "should be an example to world leaders." Meanwhile Australia's Prime Minister had earlier this week called Erdogan's comments "deeply offensive" and summoned Turkey's ambassador for a meeting.

Peters said "misinterpretations" in the days following the shooting had been cleared up.

But for Erdogan it seems the tragedy is still a good rallying cry on the campaign trail.

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