'Disgusting': Politician Denounced for Blaming Mosque Shootings - Which Killed 49 - on Muslims

Lester Mason
March 16, 2019

Anning, who has a history of extremist Islamophobic politics, made sure to note in his initial statement that he is "utterly opposed to any form of violence within our community, and I totally condemn the actions of the gunman".

"However, police have increased patrols and senior officers have also reached out to community and religious leaders across the State to provide support and reassurance", a spokesperson said in a statement.

Australian Sen. Fraser Anning at Parliament House in Canberra in August 2018.

Mere hours after yesterday's mass shooting, Anning released a statement in which he blamed the attack on "the immigration program which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand", and claimed it as evidence of a "growing fear" of Muslims in the community.

Australian Senator Fraser Anning blames Muslims for the shootings at two mosques in New Zealand that left at least 49 dead in their places of worship.

"Does anyone still dispute the link between Muslim immigration and violence?" he tweeted later Friday.

According to government data, Muslims make up around 1.1% of New Zealand's population.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid accused him of fanning the flames of extremism, while Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison called the views "disgusting".

"Those views have no place in Australia, let alone the Australian Parliament", Morrison tweeted.

A staffer for Senator Anning then separates the senator from the young man, while supporters of the senator tackle his attacker to the ground.

Senator Fraser Anning has been egged at an organised event in Melbourne which saw protestors and supporters of the controversial identity clash in wild scenes.

"What is worse, by spreading hatred and turning Australians against each other, he is doing exactly what the terrorists want", Turnbull said. Though he received only 19 votes in the country's 2016 election, he was ushered in after his party received enough votes to get guaranteed Senate seats.

The Queensland senator has previously faced criticism for proposing legislation that would have restricted non-European immigration and banned Muslim migrants and for referencing Nazi policy by touting a "final solution to the immigration problem".

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