Australian politician sparks outrage when he blames ‘Muslim immigration’ for mosque attack

Senator Fraser Anning was egged by a teenage boy during a press conference in Melbourne

Home Secretary Sajid Javid accused him of fanning the flames of extremism, while Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison called the views "disgusting".

My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the terrible massacre in the Mosques.

Footage caught by TV cameras showed a 17-year-old boy cracking an egg on Fraser Anning's head before the independent senator appeared to punch the teenager in the face.

A journalist at the event, Paul Sakkal, said the teenager was tackled to the ground by 5 to 6 men, including far-right leader Neil Erikson.

In the wake of Friday's white supremacist Christchurch attack, which left 49 people dead at two mosques, Mr Anning tweeted: "Does anyone still dispute the link between Muslim immigration and violence?"

Police said the boy was arrested but was released without charge pending a further investigation. Stating that he was opposed to "any form of violence", Anning claimed that the atrocity highlighted the "growing fear over an increasing Muslim presence", in both New Zealand and Australia.

Queensland senator Fraser Anning had been in Melbourne to meet supporters of his new Conservative National Party, news site Junkee reported. "And he should be, frankly, ashamed of himself" he said.

Estonian leaders condemn terrorism following New Zealand mosque shooting
Ardern said at a Friday afternoon news conference, "what has happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence". One man who said he was at the Al Noor mosque told media the gunman was white, blond and wearing a helmet and a bulletproof vest.

The incident came on the heels of lashing out of Muslims by the Queensland senator, rather than supposed condemnation of the Christchurch mosque attacks in which at least 50 Muslims were killed.

A media adviser for Senator Anning told news.com.au yesterday there had been no backlash to the statement, but it only took minutes for social media to blow up in outrage.

Last year Anning was in the news for calling for a "final solution" to end Muslim immigration.

In the letter, on Australian parliamentary letterhead, he added that the "real cause" of the shooting had been immigration programmes that "allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place".

Australian politicians have also denounced his remarks.

"I do wonder if he's made Australians less safe overseas", he said.

This is an official press release from an elected senator in Australia.

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