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Controversial Australian senator egged after New Zealand shootings statement

17 March 2019

Far-right agitator Neil Erikson was controlling access to the building.

A teenage protester has egged the Australian senator under fire for his recent statement lashing out at Muslim immigration as a reason behind Friday's mass shooting in New Zealand.

"Whilst this kind of violent vigilantism can never be justified, what it highlights is the growing fear within our community, both in Australia and New Zealand, of the increasing Muslim presence", Anning said. "Police at the front of the venue were notified, attended and arrested the 17-year-old shortly thereafter". The teenager then raises his phone and uses his other hand to slam the egg on the back on Anning's head. In the same speech, Anning called for drastic cuts to Muslim immigration and a return to racially based immigration policies.

The teenager was tackled to the ground and held in a headlock by four supporters of Senator Anning, including convicted criminal Neil Erickson.

He was late released by the police without any charge.

Although there is no evidence they also used eggs to convey their displeasure, many global leaders had strongly criticized the senator's initial comments soon after news emerged of a heinous attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Aiming to raise $2,000 for him to pay any potential legal fees and "buy more eggs", it had eclipsed $5,000 by 11:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time Saturday morning.

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison described Anning's comments as "appalling" and "ugly" with "no place in Australia", as he announced a bipartisan motion of censure would be launched.

'Resign. You do not deserve to stand representative of the Australian people, ' another person said.

Earlier on Saturday, Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton instructed Senator Anning not to make any further public comment on the matter.

"No, but we do see the link between certain senators and violence", wrote one man on Twitter.

"I would normally not want to give this any oxygen, but I want to absolutely and completely denounce the statements made by Senator Anning...on this horrendous terrorist attack, with issues of immigration, in his attack on Islamic faith specifically", Mr Morrison said. 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".

Controversial Australian senator egged after New Zealand shootings statement