Rastafarians in Saint Lucia have condemned this week’s massacre in New Zealand in which at least 49 people died in shootings at two mosques in Christchurch.
The incident has stunned the world.
The former Chairman of the Iyanola Council for the Advancement of Rastafari, Aaron Alexander, told Hot 7 News Friday night that the Muslim community has shared a historic brotherhood with Rastafarians.
Alexander told the news channel that his heart goes out to all those affected.
“Religious intolerance is something that we Rastafarians totally condemn,” he asserted.
“We must be able to live with each other side by side – people of other faiths, we must coexist,” Alexander explained.
He said it is an example that Haile Selassie taught.
“Though he was a Christian King, he had many of his ministers in his government who were Muslims because Ethiopia has a great population of Muslims as well and Muslims and Christians in Ethiopia, they joined hand in hand to repel the invading army of Italy during the time of the invasion of Ethiopia in 1935 by the dictator Benito Mussolini,” Alexander observed.
“His majesty taught religious tolerance,” he declared.
Alexander noted the religious wars have been fought over the centuries and declared that these have been some of the worst conflicts.
“As a Rastaman, as an ordinary man, I totally condemn this level of religious intolerance and what happened there in New Zealand,” he told Hot 7 News.
Alexander said he sympathised with the Muslim community here.
He said he wanted to let them know that the Rastafari community suffers with them and are in sorrow over the massacre that occurred in New Zealand,