During a live television interview, a senator – who is known for previously calling for a Muslim immigration ban and blaming lax immigration policies for the recent Christchurch mass shooting – had an egg smashed onto his head by a teen. The senator reacted, hitting the teenager in the face, all while the live cameras were broadcasting.
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Queensland, Australia Senator Fraser Anning was being interviewed by reporters on Friday. A 17-year-old boy also began filming Anning, using a smartphone, and then smashed an egg into the back of the senator’s head.
Anning spun around quickly and punched the teen in the face. Then, he attacked the boy a second time.
A staffer stepped in and separated the senator and the teen, quelling the altercation.
Other footage from the incident shows the teen being placed in a headlock.
The teen, whose name was not provided, was led away from the area by authorities and subsequently arrested by Victoria police, according to a report by the Daily Caller.
Not long after, the boy was released and reportedly will not face any charges.
The 17-year-old kid who egged the Australian Senator, Fraser Anning, has been released by the police without any charge. The Australian Prime Minister said that the comments blaming the Islamic community for the shooting were appalling & ugly & they have no place in Australia. pic.twitter.com/Rdiuu80GF4
— Wajahat Kazmi (@KazmiWajahat) March 16, 2019
The senator has recently come under fire for saying that lax immigration policies in New Zealand are responsible for the recent Christchurch mass shooting, where a gunman killed 49 people and wounded dozens more. He blamed the “increasing Muslim presence” in the nation for the attack.
“The real cause of bloodshed on New Zealand streets today is the immigration program which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place,” wrote the senator.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison discussed the incident, suggesting that Anning should face charges for hitting the teen.
Morrison also responded to Anning’s anti-Muslim comments, saying in a tweet, “Those views have no place in Australia, let alone the Australian Parliament.”
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern also spoke out against Anning’s statements, referring to them as “a disgrace” when speaking with reporters.
— Henry Belot (@Henry_Belot) March 16, 2019