Far-right Australian senator egged, faces censure for anti-Muslim comments

Evarado Alatorre
Marcha 17, 2019

The 17-year-old rose to fame after he was captured splatting the egg on Queensland senator Fraser Anning during a television interview, prompting a scuffle in which the youngster was twice punched and then restrained. The entire episode was captured on phone clearly showing the Senator hit him the young man in his face repeatedly.

Other onlookers, presumably supporters of the senator, tackle the teen to the ground and pin him down.

Police later arrived and took the young man into custody.

The teenager was briefly arrested but later released without being charged, according to Victoria police.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the attack was carried out "by an extremist right-wing violent terrorist".

The Queensland senator drew worldwide condemnation for his efforts to blame the attack that killed 49 Muslim worshippers on immigration.

"Funny, it was only yesterday Fraser Anning said he against all forms of violence".

More than 300,000 people have signed a change.org petition calling for Senator Anning's expulsion from parliament.

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In the wake of the attacks, several efforts are underway to support the local Muslim community in Christchurch, including one by the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.

The statement, obtained by the Los Angeles Times, sparked widespread backlash including from Australia's prime minister who called the response "disgusting".

"It is disgusting and has no place in the Australian Parliament and hopefully the voters will deal with this fellow in the most effective way".

"These comments are appalling and ugly and have no place in Australia and he should be frankly ashamed of himself".

"I do wonder if he's made Australians less safe overseas", Shorten said.

British journalist Piers Morgan also lashed Senator Anning, saying he felt "blind fury" at the remarks.

"Fraser Anning's comments today are contemptible", said Turnbull.

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

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