Mar 16, 2019 16:50 Asia/Tehran

A right-wing Australian senator who blamed Muslims for Christchurch attack received an egg from a teenager.

Iran Press/Asia: A teenager slapped an egg on the back of Australian Senator Fraser Anning's head while he was commenting against Muslim immigration on Friday according to the West Australian.  

Anning was criticized on Friday after trying to seek attention by saying the mosque attack highlighted a 'growing fear over an increasing Muslim presence' in Australia and New Zealand communities.

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The remarks annoyed and angered Muslims as well as politicians in both New Zealand and Australia.

The Australian Prime Minister Morrison condemned earlier comments from Senator Fraser Anning blaming the Islamic community for the New Zealand mosque shooting, saying they are 'appalling and they’re ugly and they have no place in Australia' he told reporters in Sydney adding: “In the Australian Parliament also. And he should be, frankly, ashamed of himself.”

Opposition leader Bill Shorten voiced his anger at Anning, saying he was 'chasing a headline'.

“I do wonder if he’s made Australians less safe overseas,” he also told reporters in Melbourne.

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

“We need to call it out, we need to make sure that no way any member of parliament fosters it. He wants the conflict and he wants the notoriety,” he said.

Bilal Rauf from the Australian National Imams Council said: " Anning’s statement may as well have been an extract from the manifesto of the person that perpetrated these heinous crimes."

On Friday, March 15, armed gunmen attacked Masjid Al Noor mosque and Linwood Masjid Mosque in Christchurch.

49 people have been killed, and at least 50 injured, in Friday's attacks on two Christchurch mosques.


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