Friday 19 April, 2019

Watch: Far-right Australian senator punches egg thrower

An Australian senator who sparked outrage for blaming Muslim immigration for the New Zealand mosque shootings has been hit on the head with a raw egg.

 

Senator Fraser Anning came under sharp criticism over tweets on Friday including one that said: "Does anyone still dispute the link between Muslim immigration and violence?"

"The real cause of the bloodshed on New Zealand streets today is the immigration program which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place,” he said in a later statement.

Television cameras caught a 17-year-old boy breaking an egg on the independent senator's head and briefly scuffling with Anning while he was holding a news conference Saturday in Melbourne city.

A police statement said the boy was arrested but was released without charge pending further enquiries.

Earlier Saturday, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison condemned Anning for his comments.

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