Controversial Australian senator egged after New Zealand shootings statement

Christchurch shooting: Sajid Javid slams Australian Senator Fraser Anning over comments

Christchurch shooting: Sajid Javid slams Australian Senator Fraser Anning over comments

A racist Australian senator who sparked outrage after blaming the New Zealand mosque shootings on Muslim immigration was "egged" - to use the local parlance by a 17-year-old who became an instant internet hero. Then, as people reeled and bodies were being identified, Queensland Senator Fraser Anning released a statement blaming the massacre on its victims.

A Victoria Police spokesman said officers arrested a 17-year-old boy from Hampton who was released pending further inquiries.

A group of bystanders tackled the boy to the ground and held him until police arrived.

Anning was speaking Saturday with reporters as CNN Australian affiliate Seven Network captured the scene was the unidentified teenager.

Following the backlash, Australian Senator Fraser Anning deleted many aggressive and discriminatory tweets from his personal account. The page says funds will go toward legal fees and "more eggs".

WATCH: This is the moment Senator Fraser Anning was egged by a teenage boy during a press conference in Melbourne.

Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called the comments "contemptible" and said Anning is a disgrace to the Senate.

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The senator had drawn widespread condemnation for his remarks after 49 were killed in the attacks on two Christchurch mosques by Australia-born terrorist Brenton Tarrant. "He should be, frankly, ashamed of himself", the Aussie premier was quoted as saying.

A video of a teenager egging an Australian senator who sparked worldwide outrage with comments that he made about the New Zealand mosque shootings is going viral.

While such a reprimand is a symbolic gesture, the major parties expect to demonstrate how isolated Anning's views are among Australia's 226 federal lawmakers.

Opposition leader Bill Shorten said Senator Anning's comments were "disgusting".

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".

The grotesque response, as well as statements he made on Saturday about the killer, are so steeped in Islamophobia and racism that a single egg seems far too kind.

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