Published: Mon, March 18, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Australian premier sides with egger against egged senator:The Asahi Shimbun

Australian premier sides with egger against egged senator:The Asahi Shimbun

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

"You're nothing but a weak, human f**king being", one of the men holding down the teen can be heard.

One of Anning's staffers eventually broke up the fight between Anning and the 17-year-old, prompting Anning's supporters to place the teen in a choke hold until authorities arrived, according to a video of the incident. The controversial senator has been under fire since his comments last Friday that came just hours after the massacre, including calling Islam "the religious equivalent of fascism".

Mr Bidiri "felt like he needed to say something" after spotting Mr Anning while waiting for a friend at the airport.

Since the incident though, the music world has been quick to show their support for the teenager, with artists, festivals, and promoters offering numerous benefits to the young man who has been dubbed Egg Boy.

Mr Dutton said voters would be able to react to Senator Anning's "appalling" comments at the May election.

The offensive comments have been widely condemned, including by the Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison, and by Quinlan.

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The 17-year-old's motives for egging the senator are not immediately clear, but he was quickly dubbed #EggBoy on social media and is getting global praise for what many are seeing as him standing up against Islamophobia and racism.

The clash followed a scathing response to Senator Anning's press release in which he appeared to deflect responsibility for Friday's attack from the gunmen to New Zealand's immigration program.

About 60 people attended the meeting in an industrial part of the suburb at which Senator Anning spoke.

The Prime Minister and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten pledged peace and unity in strongly condemning the anti-Muslim attack, which Mr Morrison emphasised was committed by an "extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist". He was later released without charge pending further investigations.

"Senator Fraser Anning's views have no place in the government of our democratic and multicultural country", the petition reads, and it's damn right.

Far-right agitator Neil Erikson was controlling access to the building. "You'll get tackled by 30 bogans at the same time".

Responding to the petition, Anning said that he is "not sure" that all signatories are from Australia, adding that "quite a lot of people have told us they're happy for me to stay where I'm at".

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