An Australian teenager on Saturday attacked the country’s controversial senator, Fraser Anning, with eggs during his press conference for justifying the Christchurch terror attacked that killed 49 Muslim worshipper on Friday.
Senator Fraser Anning was halfway through a press conference when a teenager threw an egg at him. Reportedly, the senator responded by hitting the boy on the head. The teenager was then tackled to the ground by the police and then led away.
Anning was slammed yesterday after saying the mosque attack highlighted a “growing fear over an increasing Muslim presence” in Australian and New Zealand communities.
In the video, now gone viral, Anning can be seen interacting with reporters when a teenager slaps him with an egg. The young Australian remained busy filming his attack on the controversial senator. An angry Anning then launched a counter attack slapping and punching the young Australian before losing control of his body and falling on the ground.
Anning on Friday had taken to Twitter to justify the terror attack in a Christchurch mosque, linking the carnage to immigration. He wrote, “Does anyone still dispute the link between Muslim immigration and violence?”
An Australian journalist also shared a statement from him on Twitter, quoting the senator from the Queensland as saying, “As always, leftwing politicians and the media will rush to claim that the causes of today’s shootings lie with gun laws or those who hold nationalist views, but this is all cliched nonsense.”
His comments had evoked angry reactions from across the world. UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid had accused the senator of stoking extremism.
At a time for grieving and reflection, this Australian senator @fraser_anning fans the flames of violence & extremism. Australians will be utterly ashamed of this racist man. In no way does he represent our Australian friends https://t.co/uzezIeNjbN
— Sajid Javid (@sajidjavid) March 15, 2019
Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had written, “Fraser Anning’s comments today are contemptible. He is a disgrace to the Senate and what is worse by spreading hatred and turning Australians against each other he is doing exactly what the terrorists want.”
Fraser Anning’s comments today are contemptible. He is a disgrace to the Senate and what is worse by spreading hatred and turning Australians against each other he is doing exactly what the terrorists want.
— Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm) March 15, 2019
British journalist Piers Morgan too had expressed his disgust on his controversial statement. He wrote, “Are you f*cking kidding me???? This guy is an Australian senator? SHAME on you @fraser_anning. I hope your fellow Australians respond to this disgusting statement with the same blind fury I am feeling.”
Are you f*cking kidding me???? This guy is an Australian senator? SHAME on you @fraser_anning.
I hope your fellow Australians respond to this disgusting statement with the same blind fury I am feeling. pic.twitter.com/W2XuX3fWkZ
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 15, 2019
Australian national Brendon Terrant on Friday had killed 49 Muslim worshippers in Christchurch. Speaking to reporters on Saturday, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that the country’s gun law needed to change in light of Friday’s terror attack, which said was one of ‘darkest hours of New Zealand history.’
She said that among those killed were also children. Dozens of injured continue to receive treatment in various hospitals.