An Australian senator who blamed the tragic Christchurch massacre on Muslim immigration, inciting outrage worldwide, was caught on video punching a teenager on Saturday after being egged while talking to media.
One Australian teen gave the world a much-needed moment of catharsis on Saturday, egging Australian senator Fraser Anning over his reaction to the horrific Christchurch, New Zealand mass shooting and taking a punch in the face for his efforts.
He was late released by the police without any charge.
In his statement, shared widely on Twitter, Anning said he was utterly opposed to any form of violence and condemned the actions of the gunman.
After the terrorist attack by a white supremacist that left 49 dead, Anning: "Does anyone still dispute the link between Muslim immigration and violence? Those views have no place in Australia, let alone the Australian parliament".
He was wearing a T-shirt with the same year (in Roman numerals) of a famous 1917 incident when Australian Prime Minister Billy Hughes was egged in Queensland while he campaigned for conscription to help the British war effort.
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He ended with a passage from the bible and said those who followed a violent religion that called on them to murder "cannot be too surprised when someone takes them at their word and responds in kind". The allusion was to his usual trope of Muslims' and immigrants' incompatibility with the Australian or Western way of life.
This statement started a whole new controversy and made the young man furious enough to throw an egg at Anning during the press conference. 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.
"While Muslims may be the victims today, usually they are the perpetrators", Anning said.
Anning only received 19 votes in the last election in 2016.
It comes as a change.org petition gains more than 700,000 signatures to have the controversial politician removed from parliament while the teenager involved has been hailed a "hero" online.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison slammed the Queensland senator's comments, as did both sides of politics and the mainstream media.