Canberra to Censure Racist Senator for ‘Appalling’ Christchurch Remarks

Canberra to Censure Racist Senator for ‘Appalling’ Christchurch Remarks

Australian Senator Faser Anning released a statement blaming "the immigration program which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place" as "the real cause of bloodshed" following Friday's shootings.

Anning faced heavy backlash from the public and his fellow lawmakers for his comments linking Muslim immigration to the Christchurch mosque shooting, which killed 49 and wounded 42.

A teenager, who appears to be filming the event on his mobile phone, suddenly walks toward Fraser and cracks an egg on the back of his head while continuing to film.

The senator responded by punching the teenager in the face before the youngster was then tackled to the ground by Anning's supporters and held in a chokehold.

Senator Anning responded: "Well he's obviously a little on the insane side, but yeah".

A brief scuffle ensued and the boy was arrested before being released without charge pending investigation.

Meanwhile, critics of Australia's far-right platforms have suggested that Anning's comments are motivated by a desire to secure a senatorial election in May.

Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was even more pointed, according to the Washington Post, calling Anning a "disgrace to the Senate".

The internet has a new hero - egg boy. "Muslims may have been the victims today, usually they are the perpetrators", he said in his controversial statement. Videos of the altercation quickly spread on Twitter, where Anning's statement and the subsequent disavowals had introduced the fringe politician to a global audience just one day earlier.

The prime minister announced the government would censure the Queensland independent, after he and Foreign Minister Marise Payne joined the congregation at Lakemba Mosque for prayers on Saturday.

"I wonder if there will be as much outrage from the left wing when the next Muslim terrorist attack occurs?"

"No, but we do see the link between certain senators and violence", wrote one man on Twitter.

Taking to social media last night, Will Connolly addressed the issue for the first time, warning like-minded activists against taking part in such an activity.

Following the horrific terrorist attack on a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday, the vast majority of the world condemned the actions of the 28-year-old Australian shooter.

A petition calling for Mr Anning's expulsion from parliament has amassed nearly 815,000 signatures.

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