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Australian politician sparks outrage when he blames ‘Muslim immigration’ for mosque attack

Australian politician sparks outrage when he blames ‘Muslim immigration’ for mosque attack

One day after the mass shooting that left 50 people dead at two mosques in New Zealand, a lawmaker in Australia who blamed the attack on Muslim immigration was struck on the head with an egg by a teenager.

In a viral video that has been doing rounds on social media, a youngster smashed an egg on Anning's head in Melbourne while the senator was speaking at a press conference.

Fraser then turns to the teenager, hitting him in the face before two men, identified by the Herald as Anning's supporters, step in and break up the altercation.

Anning, who has a history of Islamophobia, sparked outrage Friday with a statement he released after the attack in which an alleged white supremacist gunman killed at least 49 people.

The boy was later take away by police and released without charge.

Senator Fraser Anning was called out for implying that Muslim immigration was to blame for the shootings.

But Anning reportedly doubled down on his statements on Saturday.

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison at a media briefing
Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison at a media briefing

'However, whilst this kind of violent vigilantism can never be justified, what it highlights is the growing fear within the community, both in Australia and New Zealand, of the increasing Muslim presence'. A GoFundMe page has already raised more than $8,000 to pay for his legal fees and "more eggs", according to the post.

He added: "Let us be clear, whilst Muslims may have been the victims today, usually they are the perpetrators".

Earlier, shadow foreign affairs minister Penny Wong condemned Mr Anning's comments as "shameful and pathetic" and said she was " anxious by the rise in extremist views".

Former Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull wrote: 'Fraser Anning's comments today are contemptible.

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.

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Australia's prime minister, Scott Morrison, tweeted that Anning's remarks on immigration were "disgusting". "He should be, frankly, ashamed of himself", the Aussie premier was quoted as saying.

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