Published: Sun, March 17, 2019

Australian senator punches 17-year-old after being egged

Australian senator punches 17-year-old after being egged

An Australian senator who blamed the New Zealand terror attack on Muslim immigration has punched a 17-year-old boy after he was egged at an event in Melbourne.

In video captured of the incident, he is then seen hitting back at the young man who egged him before several of his supporters forced the man to the ground and kept him held down.

The Victoria Police did not identify the young man but said they released him after taking his details.

Just incredible: As 49 Muslim worshippers lay dead in New Zealand, a sitting Australian senator blames "the immigration program which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand".

Mr Javid tweeted: "At a time for grieving and reflection, this Australian senator @fraser-anning fans the flames of violence & extremism". Stating that he was opposed to "any form of violence", Anning claimed that the atrocity highlighted the "growing fear over an increasing Muslim presence", in both New Zealand and Australia. "Let us be clear, while Muslims may have been the victims today, usually they are the perpetrators", he continued.

The incident came on the heels of lashing out of Muslims by the Queensland senator, rather than supposed condemnation of the Christchurch mosque attacks in which at least 50 Muslims were killed.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison described Anning's comments as "appalling" and "ugly" with "no place in Australia", as he announced a bipartisan motion of censure would be launched.

The attacks were perpetrated by an Australian who appears to have white nationalist views.

Meanwhile, he has also received more than 30,000 comments of praise from all over the world including the Netherlands, Morocco and Egypt. "And he should be, frankly, ashamed of himself".

Speaking to BuzzFeed reporter Lane Sainty, Christchurch local and attendee of Al Noor Mosque Ali Ahmadi said the video of Anning's egging "made [his] day".

Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called the comments "contemptible" and said Anning is a disgrace to the Senate.

Australian Labor party leader Bill Shorten called Anning a "fool".

Far-right agitator Neil Erikson was controlling access to the building.

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