Australia has banned ultra-right speaker Milo Yiannopoulos from entering the country after he justified the New Zealand terrorist attack that killed 49 Muslim worshippers in a mosque on Friday.
Soon after terrorist Brendon Terrant had killed 49 people by entering a mosque in Christchurch, Yiannopoulos had said that attacks happened because ‘the establishment panders to and mollycoddles extremist Leftism and barbaric, alien religious cultures.’
He had written, “The violence directly inspired by grassroots Right-wing media figures comes from Antifa, not our supporters. Attacks like this happen because the establishment panders to and mollycoddles extremist Leftism and barbaric, alien religious cultures. Not when someone dares to point it out.”
Angry over his statement, David Coleman, Australia’s minister for immigration, citizenship and multicultural affairs, had said, “The terrorist attack in Christchurch was carried out on Muslims peacefully practicing their religion. It was an act of pure evil.” He had termed Yiannopoulos’ comments on Facebook regarding the Christchurch terror attack ‘appalling and foment hatred and division.’
The ultra-right public speaker, a British national, who lives in the US, was scheduled to tour Australia later this year to speak at a series of events. His hate speeches had led to Twitter banning him from its platform in 2016.
Reacting to the Australian government’s decision, the controversial speaker said, “I explicitly denounced violence. I said that we on the Right are constantly disavowing racists. I pointed out the inconvenient fact that it is Leftists committing the majority of political violence. And I criticized the establishment for pandering to Islamic fundamentalism. So Australia banned me again.”
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Friday had met the families of the Christchurch terror attack victims by wearing hijab. She had also said that her country will change the gun laws in the wake of Friday’s terror attacks. Both Ardern and her Australian counterpart Scott Morrison had termed Friday’s carnage as terrorist attack.
On Saturday, a right-wing Australian senator Fraser Anning was attacked with egg by a teenager for allegedly justifying the Christchurch terrorist attack.