Australian senator blames immigrants for mosque attacks

In video footage much of the egg can be seen bursting upon contact with Australian senator Fraser Anning's head. He then turns and hits the youth's face in retaliation

In video footage much of the egg can be seen bursting upon contact with Australian senator Fraser Anning's head. He then turns and hits the youth's face in retaliation

Videos shared online show far-right lawmaker Fraser Anning aiming at least two strikes at the youngster at an event in Melbourne. The teenager was then tackled to the ground by Anning's supporters and held in a chokehold.

The teenager was arrested by police but has since been released without charge. "Let us be clear, while Muslims may have been the victims today, usually they are the perpetrators". Aiming to raise $2,000 for him to pay any potential legal fees and "buy more eggs", it had eclipsed $5,000 by 11:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time Saturday morning.

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

Anning fanned outrage in August when he called for a "final solution" to immigration during a speech in the Australian Parliament.

The remarks by Senator Fraser Anning blaming the murderous attacks by a violent, right-wing, extremist terrorist in New Zealand on immigration are disgusting.

In Australia, ministers and MPs have been quick to slam Anning, discrediting his platform and saying he is not representative of the country's stance on Islam and migration and "should be ashamed of himself".

"I do wonder if he's made Australians less safe overseas", he told reporters in Melbourne.

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Mariam Veiszadeh, an Afghan-born Australian lawyer and anti-racist activist, has long used her Twitter account to document and discuss Islamophobia in Australia.

Earlier on Saturday, Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton instructed Senator Anning not to make any further public comment on the matter.

"It was an Australian who did this, but this is not an Australian who represents Australia".

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

In the letter, on Australian parliamentary letterhead, he added that the "real cause" of the shooting had been immigration programmes that "allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place".

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, who labelled Senator Anning's comments as "disgusting", said Labor would support a parliamentary censure motion of the "rogue" Queensland senator.

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