69 year old Australian Senator Fraser Anning came under scrutiny this week, after references that he made to the tragedy that took place recently in New Zealand.
The far right senator essentially blamed Muslim immigration for the tragedy, saying that, “The real cause of the bl00dshed on New Zealand streets today is the immigration program which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place.”
“Does anyone still dispute the link between Muslim immigration and vi0lence?” he also tweeted.
While the senator was speaking in Melbourne this week, a 17-year-old boy walked right up to him and cracked a raw egg against his bald head. Insanity followed as the politician, and his bodyguards fought the boy to the ground and put him in a chokehold. Fraser hit the young boy in the face, but was then thrown to the ground in the scuffle.
Christchurch Terror: A 17-year-old boy was arrested after allegedly throwing an egg at Senator @fraser_anning at a speaking event at Moorabbin in Melbourne today. The teenager has since been released pending further inquiries. #auspol #7News pic.twitter.com/5AkuaiEhKO
— 7NEWS Sydney (@7NewsSydney) March 16, 2019
As expected, multiple camera angles of the incident immediately went viral across social media, and the whole world was cheering on “egg boy.”
Australian prime minister Scott Morrison called Anning’s inflammatory comments blaming the Islamic community “appalling and ugly.”
“I would normally not want to give this any oxygen, but I want to absolutely and completely denounce the statements made by Senator Anning…on this horrendous [tragedy], with issues of immigration, in his attack on Islamic faith specifically,” Morrison said, adding that the senator would be censured.
Morrison also rushed to the young boy’s defense, saying that it is the senator who is guilty of a violation for his assault on egg boy.
“The full force of the law should be applied to Sen Anning,” Morrison said.
The boy was arrested but then later released without charges as the entire world rallied around him. However, police said that they are continuing to investigate the situation, and the possible violations committed on both sides.
“The incident is being actively investigated by Victoria P0lice in its entirety,” a police statement said, including Mr Anning’s actions.
It seemed like the bodyguards, and associates of the senator were intentionally aggressive when they took the boy down. Conservative activist Neil Erikson, one of the people who tackled the boy to the ground, demanded that reporters get out of the area so they could not film him assaulting the boy. Their actions were more than just in defense of the senator, it seemed like payback.
“Get the journalists out of here … If you don’t like, get out,” Erikson reportedly demanded as he pressed all of his weight down on the young boy.
Instead of leaving, the journalists stayed and demanded that they released the boy, sensing that he could be hurt badly if they left the area.
A Go Fund Me page was set up for the young prankster, and has already collected over $40,000, which was well past the target of $2,000. The fundraiser says that egg boy is committed to sending a majority of the money to the victims of the Christchurch terrorist attack.
“This kid is awesome. The senator will not get re-elected due to the publicity and those comments and his reaction,” donor Nikhil Reddy posted.
“Love the spunk of egg boy who puts his egg where we’d like it to be!” donor Val Lehmann-Monck wrote.
In a statement to his followers after the incident, the boy urged his online followers not to follow his example.
“Don’t egg politicians. You get tackled by 30 bogans at the same time. I learnt the hard way,” he said.
However, many around the world are now seeing him as a hero, for having the guts to stand up to a bully who seemed unapproachable. However, it can be certain that controversial politicians around the world will be stepping up their security measures around appearances like this one to avoid similar pranks.
A petition to have Senator Anning removed from parliament has already gathered nearly a million signatures.
“Senator Fraser Anning’s views have no place in the government of our democratic and multicultural country. Within the bounds of Australian law, we request that he be pushed to resign from his position as Senator, and if appropriate, be investigated by law enforcement agencies for supporting right wing terrorism,” the petition reads.
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