Aussie teen eggs senator, gets tackled

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 17, 2019

An Australian politician, who blamed the New Zealand mosque attacks on Muslim immigration, was egged by a teen during a press conference in Melbourne on Saturday.

QUEENSLAND senator Fraser Anning has been caught on camera smacking a teenage boy in the face twice after he cracked an egg over his head at a press conference in Melbourne. Anning's supporters tackled the unidentified boy. A spokesperson stated that a 17-year-old Hampton boy was arrested, but then released pending further enquiries.

The controversial senator was under fire Friday for his comments in response to the deadly attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, that killed 49 people.

The man was held down and questioned by officials before being led away by police.

In a follow-up statement, Senator Fraser Anning said he opposed to any form of violence within our community and totally condemned the actions of the gunman.

'However, whilst this kind of violent vigilantism can never be justified, what it highlights is the growing fear within the community, both in Australia and New Zealand, of the increasing Muslim presence'. At the moment, there is also a fundraising page that has been set up to collect donations to help the boy with his legal fees and to acquire more eggs.

"While Muslims may be the victims today, usually they are the perpetrators", Anning said.

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison lost no time to condemn his "disgusting" remarks.

While such a reprimand is a symbolic gesture, the major parties expect to demonstrate how isolated Anning's views are among Australia's 226 federal lawmakers.

His comments earned swift and blistering condemnation. "And he should be, frankly, ashamed of himself" he said.

In an August 2018 speech before the Australian parliament, Anning said "the final solution to the immigration problem, of course, is a popular vote", invoking a term used by leaders of Nazi Germany to refer to the Holocaust.

American actress Chelsea Peretti tweeted: "why did egg boy vid make me cry".

Australian politics and society has been polarised over the issue of immigration and race with far-right politicians making headway in elections.

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