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

An unnamed young man threw an egg at Anning during a press conference in Melbourne

An unnamed young man threw an egg at Anning during a press conference in Melbourne

Australia's prime minister Scott Morrison said: 'The remarks by Senator Fraser Anning blaming the murderous attacks by a violent, right-wing, extremist terrorist in New Zealand on immigration are disgusting.

Meanwhile, a 17-year-old boy was arrested after allegedly throwing an egg at Senator Anning at a speaking event at Moorabbin in Melbourne on Saturday. He then pulls up his cellphone before slapping the egg on the back of Anning's head.

A slew of Senator Anning's supporters gang-tackled the teenager and pinned him to the floor.

An unnamed young man threw an egg at Anning during a press conference in Melbourne.

In his statement, Anning did say he was "utterly opposed to any form of violence within out community" and that he "totally" condemned the gunmen's actions.

The brief fracas immediately went viral on social media, resulting in a successful fundraising effort to pay for the young man's legal fees, and for the purchase of additional eggs.

"Today's shootings in Christchurch highlight the growing fears within our community both in Australia and New Zealand over the increasing Muslim presence".

Citing a verse from the Bible, he added that "those who follow a violent religion that calls on them to murder us, can not be too surprised when someone takes them at their word and responds in kind".

Singapore's Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam said that the comments by senator Fraser Anning described Islam as a violent, fascist religion promoting savage beliefs.

"It is disgusting and has no place in the Australian Parliament and hopefully the voters will deal with this fellow in the most effective way".

Mehreen Faruqi, the first Muslim woman elected to federal parliament, named Senator Anning and Pauline Hanson as politicians who target Muslims.

Shadow foreign affairs minister Penny Wong has condemned Mr Anning's comments as "shameful and pathetic" and said she was " anxious by the rise in extremist views". "He should be, frankly, ashamed of himself", the Aussie premier was quoted as saying.

Meanwhile, an online petition calling for Anning to be removed from office has picked up more than 350,000 signatures in less than a day.

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