Senator Who Blamed Muslims For New Zealand Shootings Punches Teen After Egging

Lester Mason
March 16, 2019

Videos shared online show far-right lawmaker Fraser Anning aiming at least two strikes at the youngster at an event in Melbourne.

A staffer for Senator Anning then separates the senator from the young man, while supporters of the senator tackle his attacker to the ground. The 28-year-old Australian, identified as Brenton Harrison Tarrant, killed 49 people and injured 48 others after he opened fire at two mosques in Christchurch on Friday.

This is not the first time Anning - who took office in 2017 after the previous senator was removed over a technicality with his citizenship - has opposed Muslims.

Labor frontbencher Tony Burke also condemned the comments from Anning, blaming the Islamic community for the New Zealand mosque shooting, as "hate speech" and "horrific and sick".

"Police arrested a 17-year-old male from Hampton after he allegedly threw an egg at a 69-year-old Brisbane man at an address in Moorabbin this afternoon during a planned meeting", the statement said. "And he should be, frankly, ashamed of himself" he said.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison denounced Anning's comments.

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison at a media briefing
Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison at a media briefing

"While families in Christchurch mourn for loved ones they've lost, an obscure Australian Senator saw this act of terrorism and tragedy as an opportunity to blame the murder victims", Mr Shorten said.

The government and opposition party will pass a censure motion against Anning for the comments he's made when Parliament resumes in April.

A teenage protester has egged the Australian senator under fire for his recent statement lashing out at Muslim immigration as a reason behind Friday's mass shooting in New Zealand.

"I wonder if there will be as much outrage from the left wing when the next Muslim terrorist attack occurs? Those views have no place in Australia, let alone the Australian parliament".

"It is in everyone's best interest for Senator Anning to make no further statements on this matter".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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