Christchurch shooting: Sajid Javid slams Australian Senator Fraser Anning over comments

Christchurch shooting: Sajid Javid slams Australian Senator Fraser Anning over comments

Australian Senator Fraser Anning who was strongly criticiced for blaming the New Zealand mosque shootings on Muslim immigration was egged on Saturday at an event in Melbourne, news.com.au reported.

The controversial senator was under fire Friday for his comments in response to the deadly attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, that killed 49 people.

An Australian senator who blamed the tragic Christchurch massacre on Muslim immigration, inciting outrage worldwide, was caught on video punching a teenager on Saturday after being egged while talking to media.

In the footage, the shocked Anning turned and punched the boy in the face before the boy was pinned down by Anning's bodyguards.

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

"The 17-year-old has been released pending further enquiries".

"I would normally not want to give this any oxygen, but I want to absolutely and completely denounce the statements made by Senator Anning", said Morrison. 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.

"Those views have no place in Australia, let alone the Australian Parliament".

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews today slammed Senator Anning for his "ignorant" views, following his widely condemned statements about Friday's deadly attack.

Aussie Prime Minister Scott Morrison has also hit out at Anning's comments. The teenager was also filming the scene on his phone as took an aim on top of Anning's head.

The prime minister announced the government would censure him.

Anning was speaking to media and reportedly talking about "fake refugees" and the "threat of immigration" when the violence broke out.

"For somebody to use the privilege of Parliament, the privilege of this platform, to spew such hate is beyond comprehension", Anne Aly, the body's first female Muslim member, told the Times then.

Although Senator Fraser Anning called the New Zealand mosque shootings an "unfortunate tragedy", he appeared to double down on his earlier statements.

Meanwhile, the largest Change.org petition in Australia's history is now underway, with over 797,500 people signing a petition to remove Senator Anning from parliament.

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