AU Senator Who Blamed NZ Shooting On Muslim Immigration Gets Egged

Erika Holt
March 17, 2019

The teen is then tackled to the ground and held in a headlock while Anning is led away.

According to the New York Times, police arrested the 17-year-old but later released him from custody. 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.

"Rather than demonstrating empathy and compassion, he has chosen instead to vent his racist prejudice and hatred against Islam and Muslims by blaming the victims instead of the criminal perpetrators", he said in a statement today.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported a fundraising page has been created to cover the boy's legal fees and help him purchase "more eggs".

"The remarks by Senator Fraser Anning blaming the murderous attacks by a violent, right-wing, extremist terrorist in New Zealand on immigration are disgusting", said Mr Morrison hours after addressing the media on the attack.

"Worldwide, Muslims are killing people in the name of their faith on an industrial scale".

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.

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In a statement Anning blamed Muslims - who were the target of the attack - and immigration for the sickening attack.

"The senator in question, I do not think operates by the beat of the same drum as the rest of us", he said.

"It was an Australian who did this, but this is not an Australian who represents Australia".

Morrison called his comments "disgusting" and that they have "no place in Australia".

Twitter has confirmed that an account matching the suspect's name has been deleted, and numerous media outlets report that the account had tweeted a white nationalist manifesto in the moments before the attack.

Scott Morrison, Australia's Prime Minister, immediately condemned the comments along with many others who lambasted the senator for his insensitive remarks.

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