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Australian premier sides with egger against egged senator

AP  |  Canberra 

Australia's on Sunday suggested an anti-Muslim should be charged after he slapped a teen who cracked a raw egg over the legislator's

Sen. has been widely condemned for blaming Muslim immigration for racist attacks on two mosques that claimed at least 50 lives.

Will Connolly, the 17-year-old boy who egged Anning, has become an for the incident, which was captured on video.

on Sunday took Connolly's side, telling reporters: "The full force of the law should be applied to Sen. Anning." Police allege Connolly, who calls himself "Egg Boy" online, assaulted the with the egg.

Anning "retaliated and struck the teen twice" before Connolly was dragged to the ground by Anning supporters, a police statement said.

"The incident is being actively investigated by in its entirety," the statement said, including Anning's actions.

Anning came under blistering criticism over tweets on Friday, including one that said, "Does anyone still dispute the link between Muslim immigration and violence?"

"The real cause of the bloodshed on streets today is the immigration program which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to in the first place," he said in a later statement.

Anning has now been assigned a federal police security detail, a precaution usually reserved for the

New Zealand Prime Minister for the first time on Sunday joined the public condemnation of Anning.

Asked by a what she thought of Anning's comments, she replied simply: "They're a disgrace." A GoFundMe page set up to raise 2,000 dollars ($1,400) to pay for Connolly's "legal fees" and "more eggs" had exceeded AU$25,000 on Sunday.

The site says most of the money will go to Christchurch victims.

"Love the spunk of egg boy who puts his egg where we'd like it to be!" donor posted.

"This kid is awesome. The will not get re-elected due to the publicity and those comments and his reaction," donor wrote.

After the egging, Anning supporters pinned Connolly to the ground until journalists appealed for him to be allowed back on his feet, newspaper reported.

Far-right activist Neil Erikson, who was involved in tackling Connolly, shouted for reporters to be removed from the area. "Get the journalists out of here ... If you don't like, get out," Erikson was quoted as saying.

Police say they arrested Connolly, took his details and then released him without charge.

Connolly urged his not to follow his example.

"Don't egg politicians. You get tackled by 30 bogans at the same time," he said in a video, using Australian slang for a poor, ignorant white person.

"I learnt the hard way," he added.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, March 17 2019. 14:35 IST