Teen eggs Australian senator who blamed Muslim immigrants for New Zealand terror attack
Fraser Anning holds responsible Muslim immigration for New Zealand attack
A swoopy-haired teen, dressed in a T-shirt, positions himself behind Australian Sen. Fraser Anning during a news conference in Melbourne and raises his phone with his left hand. Then, he lifts his right hand and cracks a raw egg on the back of Anning’s head.
The far-right lawmaker had sparked outrage Friday when — after a terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, claimed at least 50 lives — he said Muslims “may have been the victims today; usually they are the perpetrators.”
“The real cause of bloodshed on New Zealand streets today,” Anning wrote in a statement, “is the immigration program which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place.”
A day later, as he stood before a group of reporters, the teen smashed the egg, and Anning, with yolk dripping down the back of his neck, swiftly punched the 17-year-old in the face. He then lunged for him again, throwing another punch before the two were separated. A group of men tackled the teen to the floor and placed him in a chokehold.
Footage of the encounter immediately went viral; a seven-second video had more than 2 million views just hours after it was posted.
Now, nearly 1.5 million people have signed a petition to have the senator removed from Parliament. His colleagues are planning to formally censure him. The prime ministers for Australia and New Zealand condemned Anning for what he said about Muslims and did to the teen, now known as “egg boy.”
“They were a disgrace,” New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said of Anning’s comments.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison called them “appalling” and “ugly” and said they “have no place in Australia.”
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Via Washington Post
My view: The Senator's comments were an absolute disgrace, his comments about the Christchurch victims are reprehensible. He's in parliament to represent his constituents not to target people because of their religion I think the Senator overreacted, however, if you are assaulted, you have the right to defend yourself, which the the extreme far right Senator did. Unfortunately for the kid, he will get tried for assault.