Brenton Tarrant, an Australian national, pleaded guilty on Thursday to killing 51 worshipers and wounding dozens more at two New Zealand mosques last March, reversing his initial plea of not guilty. The attacks were the deadliest peacetime atrocity in New Zealand's history. The first one was livestreamed over the internet. The hearing was closed to the public and lawyers appeared via video link under New Zealand's new lockdown aiming to slow the spread of the coronavirus. A representative of the mosques was allowed to attend to represent the victims and their families. "This is no easy joy or satisfaction," said Jamal Green, spokesman for Al Noor Mosque. "Every community that has been a victim of hate and loss will recognize a kind of emptiness when their world has suffered in this way."

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