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Buffalo: Joe Biden speaks of "terrorism" after massacre


An 18-year-old is said to have shot ten people with racist motives in Buffalo. In a speech, US President Joe Biden opposes the ideology of white supremacy.

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Joe Biden and his wife Jill in Buffalo: "Hate will not prevail"

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US President Joe Biden has condemned the fatal shooting in Buffalo as "terrorism".

"What happened here is terrorism, pure and simple," Biden said in Buffalo.

It is a "murderous, racist" crime.

The ideology of white supremacy, so-called white supremacy, has no place in America.

Biden called on all people in the country to reject this "lie."

"And I condemn those who spread this lie for power, political gain and/or profit," Biden continued. "Hate will not prevail."

Biden and his wife Jill previously laid flowers at the scene and met with the victims' families.

Ten people shot

On Saturday, an 18-year-old gunman opened fire with an assault rifle in front of and in a supermarket, killing ten people and injuring three others.

He streamed the act on the Internet.

According to investigators, the act was racially motivated – 11 of the 13 victims were black.

Buffalo has a predominantly black population.

According to the police, the heavily armed shooter was found in the anteroom of the store and finally surrendered.

The suspect is said to have held a gun under his chin during the arrest and is therefore now under special observation in custody for a possible suicide.

According to the police, the man had also been in a counseling session last June because of possible psychological problems.

He had previously made a "general threat" in his class, said investigator Joseph Gramaglia in Buffalo.

In the conversation, however, he did not show any abnormalities that would have led to further entries in his file or to a more extensive observation of the young man's mental health, it said.

The Buffalo bloody crime is one in a series of racially motivated murders in the United States.

In 2019, a white right-wing extremist drove for hours across Texas and shot dead 23 people in El Paso, where a majority of Latinos live.

Four years earlier, a white man opened fire at an African American church in Charleston, South Carolina, killing nine people.

In both cases, the perpetrators posted hate-filled "manifestos" on the Internet before their crimes.


Source: spiegel

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