Friday, 22 March, 2019

Australian senator egged after lashing out at Muslims

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Jeannette Daniel | 17 March, 2019, 09:41

That one, who, yesterday issued a statement, blaming the Christchurch attack on lenient immigration policy?

Video of the incident shows a teenager approach Fraser Anning, the senator for Queensland, while he speaks to reporters in Melbourne.

The ABC has contacted Senator Anning's office for comment. The senator then turns to the young man before swinging two punches at his face.

Queensland Senator Fraser Anning was filmed striking the 17-year-old after being egged during a meeting at Moorabbin, Melbourne.

Senator Fraser Anning, who has a history of racist comments, was egged at a news conference and proceeded to physically assault the person who egged him.

The young man was later led away by officers and a Victoria Police spokesman later said they had arrested a 17-year-old boy from Hampton.

"I am utterly opposed to any form of violence within our community, and I totally condemn the actions of the gunman", he wrote.

Anning blamed the Christchurch attack on the "increasing Muslim presence" in Australia and New Zealand.

Christchurch shooting: Sajid Javid slams Australian Senator Fraser Anning over comments

Prominent Australian-Egyptian television host Waleed Aly made a speech on The Project, a nightly current affairs chat show, saying he would be "dishonest" if he said he was shocked by the attacks in Christchurch.

Mr Shorten was also critical of the way Senator Anning's supporters had restrained the teenager following the egging.

A fundraising page has already been set up to raise cash to cover the teen's legal bills, should he accrue any, as well as cover the cost of "more eggs".

His controversial comments were widely condemned, including by Prime Minister Scott Morrison who described his statement as "disgusting".

Media Watch's Paul Barry went on to say Senator Anning can "resign from parliament as soon as he cleans (the egg) off".

Australia is grappling with the New Zealand shooter being its citizen, given how far-right groups have been active in Australia for decades.

Earlier on Saturday, Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton instructed Senator Anning not to make any further public comment on the matter. "And he should be, frankly, ashamed of himself".

According to media reports, the mass shootings, which took place at 1.40pm (8.40am Malaysian time), claimed the lives of at least 49 people and injured dozens more.

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