Australian senator hit with egg after blaming NZ attack on Muslim immigration

The moment Fraser Anning was hit with the egg

Senator Anning, who was roundly criticised for his comments on the Christchurch massacre he made on Friday, was egged at a right-wing rally where protestors and supporters of the controversial identity clashed in wild scenes.

This isn't the first time Anning's comments have been received with condemnation and outrage.

However, in the midst of this, Brisbane Senator Fraser Anning generated controversy for his response, which appeared to blame the victims involved.

Australian Senator Fraser Anning has an egg smashed on his head while talking to the media in Victoria, Australia March 16, 2019 in this still image taken from a video obtained from social media.

Senator Anning struck the 17-year-old twice after the teenager broke an egg on his head while he spoke to media at a political meeting in Moorabbin, in Melbourne's south-east yesterday.

'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'.

"What I said was that a terribly unfortunate thing, a tragedy, but it's going to be eventually accepted or expected that these sort of things happen".

The audience intervened, stopping the boy from responding to the senator's outburst.

Anning immediately turns and hits the teen in the face, and then hits him again before the two were separated.

A fundraising page set up to collect donations to cover the teenager's legal fees and to buy "more eggs" had raised more than $25,000 by 4:00pm on Sunday. "He should be, frankly, ashamed of himself", the Aussie premier was quoted as saying.

Earlier Saturday, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, along with politicians around the world, condemned Mr Anning for his comments.

Australian Labor party leader Bill Shorten called Anning a "fool". "What a difference an egg makes", one Twitter user wrote.

Calling Friday one of the country's "darkest days", New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the shootings as a "well-planned terrorist attack".

Ms Ardern was speaking at a press conference, two days after a gunman, allegedly an Australian man from Grafton, opened fire at two mosques, killing 50 people and injuring dozens more.



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