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


A right-wing member of the Australian parliament blamed the murder of 49 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Muslim immigration.

In the viral video, a teenage boy can be seen smashing an egg on the head of Anning as he was speaking at a press conference in Melbourne.

Television cameras caught a 17-year-old boy break the egg on Fraser Anning's head whilst filming it on his phone. With anger running high following the deadly mosque shooting in New Zealand, the senator then punched the young man, who was then dragged to the ground.

One of Anning's staffers eventually broke up the fight between Anning and the 17-year-old, prompting Anning's supporters to place the teen in a choke hold until authorities arrived, according to a video of the incident.

Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said Victoria Police would also speak to Australian Federal Police officers who were at the meeting and may have witnessed the incident.

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

"I am utterly opposed to any form of violence within our community, and I totally condemn the actions of the gunman", he wrote. In addition to his inflammatory statement on the attacks, Anning tweeted, "Does anyone still dispute the link between Muslim immigration and violence?"

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Opposition Leader Bill Shorten today criticised the teenager, telling reporters in Melbourne that egging Senator Anning was "a mug thing to do".

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison at a media briefing on February 8, 2019.

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.

Anning was strongly criticised by Australian politicians on Friday after making controversial comments about the New Zealand attacks on Twitter.

The grotesque response, as well as statements he made on Saturday about the killer, are so steeped in Islamophobia and racism that a single egg seems far too kind.

Labor frontbencher Tony Burke described Senator Anning's comments as "hate speech", and told the ABC "the normalisation of bigotry is something that is not only confined to him".

After the mass shooting on Friday, far-right Sen.