Senator Fraser Anning, of Queensland, Australia, just got egged by a teenage protester. He responded by slugging the protester in the face.
Anning was reportedly addressing a small meeting of supporters in which he talked about “fake refugees” and “the threat of immigration,” according to journalist Katherine Firke of 10 News First Melbourne. The meeting happened the day after 49 Muslims were shot and killed in mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday. The attack was New Zealand’s bloodiest event since the Featherston riot in 1943, according to the New Zealand Herald.
In the video of the egging, Anning is seen talking about people being “attacked in their own…” before being interrupted by the young man slapping the egg on the back of his head. Anning stopped in mid-sentence and punched the protester. Then he punched the young man again, prompting the young man to fight back. Anning then threw a kick, but stumbled, and was caught by his handlers.
This is the moment Senator Fraser Anning was egged by a protestor who snuck into a small meeting where he spoke about "fake refugees" and the "threat of immigration." @10NewsFirstMelb @10NewsFirst #Christchurch pic.twitter.com/FCeXrKwPXL
— Katherine Firkin (@KatherineFirkin) March 16, 2019
The protester likely aimed to make a statement about Anning’s response to the Christchurch terror attack. Just hours after news broke of the mass casualties at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques, Anning issued a statement stating the ultimate root cause of the attack was not white fascist terrorism, but Muslim migration.
“The real cause of bloodshed on New Zealand streets today is the immigration program which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place,” Senator Anning stated. “The entire religion of Islam is simply the violent ideology of a sixth-century despot masquerading as a religious leader, which justifies endless war against anyone who opposes it and calls for the murder of unbelievers and apostates.”
“The truth is that Islam is not like any other faith. It is the religious equivalent of fascism,” he added.
Are you f*cking kidding me???? This guy is an Australian senator? SHAME on you @fraser_anning.
I hope your fellow Australians respond to this disgusting statement with the same blind fury I am feeling. pic.twitter.com/W2XuX3fWkZ
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 15, 2019
Anning’s sentiments were not shared by the rest of the faith community. In Manchester, UK, for example, a man went viral for standing outside of a local mosque holding a sign that said “You are my friends. I will keep watch while you pray.” Another man in Sunderland, UK was seen with a sign that read “This Christian stands against racism and violence towards all Muslims.” And people of various faiths left flowers outside of mosques in the U.S. and in different countries around the world.
The protester who egged Senator Anning has been released without charges.
Carl Gibson is a politics contributor for Grit Post. His work has previously been published in The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Houston Chronicle, Al-Jazeera America, and NPR, among others. Follow him on Twitter @crgibs or send him an email at carl at gritpost dot com.