An Australian senator slapped a teenage protester who hit him with an egg.
Queensland Senator Fraser Anning was filmed striking the 17-year-old after being egged during a meeting at Moorabbin, Melbourne. A member of staff then gets in between the two, while others tackle the teen to the ground where he was held in a choke-hold, ABC reports.
Anning hit headlines yesterday for his comments regarding the Christchurch terror attack, which left 49 people dead.
In a statement Anning blamed Muslims – who were the target of the attack – and immigration for the sickening attack. He said: “As always, left-wing 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 clichéd nonsense. The real cause of bloodshed on New Zealand streets today is the immigration programme which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place.”
Adding: “Let us be clear, whilst Muslims may have been the victims today, usually they are the perpetrators. Worldwide, Muslims are killing people in the name of their faith on an industrial scale.”
The senator was widely slammed for his comments, with many accusing him of Islamophobia.
The teen, who hasn’t been named, was led away by cops. A spokesperson from Victoria Police told ABC a 17-year-old was arrested but was later released pending further investigation.
A fundraising page has already been set up to raise cash to cover the teen’s legal bills, should he accrue any, as well as cover the cost of ‘more eggs’.
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