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Aussie senator egged over anti-immigration stance

IANS  |  Canberra 

Far-right Australian Anning who blamed the terror attack on Muslim immigration was at an event in city on Saturday and slammed by the country's politicians for his comments.

Video footage recorded at the press conference appeared to show Anning halfway through the event when a teenager cracked an egg over his head while filming with a mobile phone.

The responded by punching the 17-year-old. The latter was then tackled to the ground by Anning's supporters and held in a chokehold, Herald reported.

The teenager was then taken away by the police and released without charge. The were investigating the incident.

Anning was criticised on Friday after he said that the mosque shootings which left 49 people dead highlighted a "growing fear over an increasing Muslim presence" in Australian and communities.

Twenty eight-year-old Australian is the prime suspect in the Friday massacre at two mosques. The right-wing extremist filmed himself while carrying out the rampage.

Australian said Anning's comments blaming the Islamic community for the shooting were "appalling and ugly and they had no place in Australia". The said the government would censure the senator.

said Anning was "chasing a headline".

"I do wonder if he's made Australians less safe overseas. That's another reason not to give this fool any more oxygen."

A change.org petition calling for Anning's expulsion from Parliament amassed about 250,000 signatures.

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First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 18:46 IST
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