Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Australian senator punches teen after being egged

Australian senator punches teen after being egged

Videos of the altercation quickly spread on Twitter, where Anning's statement and the subsequent disavowals had introduced the fringe politician to a global audience just one day earlier.

Mr Anning could also face charges for allegedly assaulting the Melbourne teenager who smashed an egg on his head during a press conference on Saturday. With anger running high following the deadly mosque shooting in New Zealand, the senator then punched the young man, who was then dragged to the ground.

Following the backlash, Australian Senator Fraser Anning deleted many aggressive and discriminatory tweets from his personal account.

While speaking as part of a press conference in Victoria on Saturday, Anning received his comeuppance when 17-year-old Will Connolly attacked him with a raw egg.

"The teen was removed from the premises and his details were taken before he was released", said the statement.

Anning was strongly criticised by Australian politicians on Friday after making controversial comments about the New Zealand attacks on Twitter.

He previously said the comments the senator made were appalling, ugly and had no place in Australia.

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He said while others are mourning and expressing sympathy for the families and loved ones of the victims of this heinous hate crime, Senator Anning's remarks were highly insensitive as well as totally unwarranted and racist.

Australia has been convulsed following the New Zealand terrorist attacks which saw 49 people gunned down at mosques in Christchurch. The footage has since gone viral.

Former Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull wrote: "Fraser Anning's comments today are contemptible".

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".

The Labor foreign affairs spokeswoman, Penny Wong, said Anning did not represent Australia.

Multiple people were killed in mass shootings at two mosques full of people attending Friday prayers, as New Zealand police warned people to stay indoors as they tried to determine if more than one gunman was involved.

News.com.au political reporter Sam Clench wrote: "The Australian senator now spewing racist garbage in response to the New Zealand mosque attack got 19 votes at the last election".

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