Dramatic moment Fraser Anning punches young man after being egged at a protest rally

Senator Fraser Anning took a swipe at a left-wing activist at a protest rally after the 17-year-old cracked an egg on his head. 

The confrontation on Saturday came as a petition to get Anning removed from office garnered 225,000 signatures.  

Mr Anning released a statement on Friday, claiming the growing fear of the ‘increasing Muslim presence’ was behind the New Zealand terror attack – which left 49 worshippers dead.

A man has been tackled by members of the public after egging controversial Senator Fraser Anning

A man has been tackled by members of the public after egging controversial Senator Fraser Anning

Mr Anning was speaking at a Conservative National Party Meeting in Melbourne on Saturday afternoon when the young man approached him with the egg

Mr Anning was speaking at a Conservative National Party Meeting in Melbourne on Saturday afternoon when the young man approached him with the egg

A man has been tackled by members of the public after egging controversial Senator Fraser Anning

The man then slams an egg on to the back of the Senator's head who spins his body and takes a swipe at the youngster

The man then slams an egg on to the back of the Senator's head who spins his body and takes a swipe at the youngster

The man then slams an egg on to the back of the Senator’s head who spins his body and takes a swipe at the youngster

The young man was removed from the event by Victoria Police (pictured)

The young man was removed from the event by Victoria Police (pictured)

The young man was removed from the event by Victoria Police (pictured) 

The right-wing politician has been slammed by his peers for his extremist stance, while other Australians paid their respects to the victims of terrorist attack.

Mr Anning was speaking at a Conservative National Party Meeting in Moorabbin, Melbourne, on Saturday afternoon when a young man approached him with the egg.

Video footage from the event shows the young man approach Mr Anning from behind, as he speaks in front of a camera.

The man, who films the altercation, then slams an egg on to the back of the Senator’s head who spins his body and takes a swipe at the youngster.

A short scuffle ensued before the man was tackled to the ground by other members of the public.

An image from the event shows the man walked from the venue by police.

A short scuffle ensued before the man was tackled to the ground by other members of the public

A short scuffle ensued before the man was tackled to the ground by other members of the public

A short scuffle ensued before the man was tackled to the ground by other members of the public

Attendees of the event held the young man on the ground after the physical altercation

Attendees of the event held the young man on the ground after the physical altercation

Attendees of the event held the young man on the ground after the physical altercation

Mr Anning has been slammed by politicians for his extremist stance, as Australians pay their respects to the victims of terrorist attack (pictured: man who egged Anning)

Mr Anning has been slammed by politicians for his extremist stance, as Australians pay their respects to the victims of terrorist attack (pictured: man who egged Anning)

Mr Anning has been slammed by politicians for his extremist stance, as Australians pay their respects to the victims of terrorist attack (pictured: man who egged Anning)

The 17-year-old was arrested after he allegedly egged Senator Anning but has since been released pending further enquiries. 

A video has emerged of men believed to be right-wing cronies filming themselves apparently choking the man who threw the egg.

The footage films the man’s face up-close as he’s appeared to be held down by the neck.

The men can then be heard hurling abuse at him.

‘You are nothing but a weak human being you p****,’ one man can be heard saying.

While another concerned member of the group appears to tell his friends to ‘let him go’.

A Change.org petition calling for Mr Anning to be removed from parliament has been signed over 250,000 times.

‘Senator Fraser Anning has no place in the government of our democratic and multicultural country,’ the petition says.  

‘We request that he be expelled from his position as Senator, and investigated by law enforcement agencies for supporting right wing terrorism.’ 

The petition speaks about Mr Annging’s statements about the Christchurch attack.

‘We call on the Australian government to expel this man who blames victims for their own violent deaths, and uses references to genocide to further his hateful agenda,’ the petition says.

A Change.org petition calling for Mr Anning to be removed from parliament has been signed over 250,000 times

A Change.org petition calling for Mr Anning to be removed from parliament has been signed over 250,000 times

A Change.org petition calling for Mr Anning to be removed from parliament has been signed over 250,000 times

Senator Fraser Anning said the real cause of bloodshed on New Zealand streets on Friday is the immigration program that allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place

Senator Fraser Anning said the real cause of bloodshed on New Zealand streets on Friday is the immigration program that allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place

Senator Fraser Anning said the real cause of bloodshed on New Zealand streets on Friday is the immigration program that allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place

‘There is no place in Australian government for Neo-Nazis. There is no place for bigotry. There is no place for hate speech.’  

Politicians have roundly condemned Mr Anning for his comments. 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison also hit out at the independent senator’s comments in a tweet on Friday.

‘The remarks by Senator Fraser Anning blaming the murderous attacks by a violent, right-wing, extremist terrorist in New Zealand on immigration are disgusting. These views have no place in Australia, let alone in the Australian Parliament.’

Labor frontbencher Tony Burke told the ABC ‘the normalisation 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 on Saturday.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison also hit out at the independent senator's comments in a tweet on Friday

Prime Minister Scott Morrison also hit out at the independent senator's comments in a tweet on Friday

Prime Minister Scott Morrison also hit out at the independent senator’s comments in a tweet on Friday

Opposition leader Bill Shorten also voiced his anger at Senator Anning's comments

Opposition leader Bill Shorten also voiced his anger at Senator Anning's comments

Opposition leader Bill Shorten also voiced his anger at Senator Anning’s comments

‘He was put there as the result of being on the One Nation ticket. One Nation is the reason he is there.’

Opposition leader Bill Shorten also voiced his anger at Anning’s comments.

‘While families in Christchurch mourn for loved ones they’ve lost, an obscure Australian senator saw this act of terrorism and tragedy as an opportunity to blame the murder victims,’ he tweeted.

Mehreen Faruqi, the first Muslim woman elected to federal parliament, named Senator Anning and Pauline Hanson as politicians who target Muslims.

‘There is blood on the hands of politicians who incite hate. To me, there is a clear link between their politics of hate and this sickening, senseless violence in Christchurch,’ she tweeted.  

Witnesses reported hearing 50 shots and police are responding to the incident at Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch on the country's South Island

Witnesses reported hearing 50 shots and police are responding to the incident at Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch on the country's South Island

Witnesses reported hearing 50 shots and police are responding to the incident at Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch on the country’s South Island 

Senator for Queensland, William Fraser Anning (pictured) said on Friday while any form of violence can never be justified, immigration is the real reason for the shooting

Senator for Queensland, William Fraser Anning (pictured) said on Friday while any form of violence can never be justified, immigration is the real reason for the shooting

Senator for Queensland, William Fraser Anning (pictured) said on Friday while any form of violence can never be justified, immigration is the real reason for the shooting

Senator Anning, who was kicked out of the Katter’s Australian Party, sparked a deluge of negative reactions on Friday, with people immediately condemning him on social media. 

‘White supremacy (your ideology) killed these people. Shut the f*** up and have some respect,’ one person wrote on Twitter. 

‘Resign. You do not deserve to stand representative of the Australian people,’ another person said. 

A third person added: ‘You are an embarrassment to humanity’. 

In a follow-up statement, Senator Anning said he opposed to any form of violence within our community and totally condemned the actions of the gunman. 

‘What it highlights is the growing fear within our community, both in Australia and New Zealand, of the increasing Muslim presence,’ he said.  

Senator Fraser Anning’s shocking comments came after news of the multiple shootings at two mosques in New Zealand first broke earlier on Friday morning. 

One of the gunmen is believed to have live-streamed the mass shooting inside the Al Noor Mosque, which happened at 1.30pm as Friday prayers were underway

One of the gunmen is believed to have live-streamed the mass shooting inside the Al Noor Mosque, which happened at 1.30pm as Friday prayers were underway

One of the gunmen is believed to have live-streamed the mass shooting inside the Al Noor Mosque, which happened at 1.30pm as Friday prayers were underway

A 28-year-old Australian white supremacist opened fire at Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch on the country’s South Island about 1.30pm (11.30am AEDT) on Friday.

The gunman, Brenton Tarrant from Grafton in northern New South Wales, live-streamed the mass shooting.

Senator Fraser Anning described as ‘cliched nonsense’ the idea that nationalist ideology was to blame. 

‘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,’ he said.

Senator Fraser Anning said while Muslims were the victims in this instance, they were usually the perpetrators.

‘Worldwide, Muslims are killing people in the name of their faith on an industrial scale,’ he said.    

‘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.’

Senator Anning’s statement in full

New Zealand Mosque Shooting

Speaking following reports of multiple shootings at two Mosques in New Zealand earlier today, Senator Fraser Anning has responded with strong condemnation.

‘I am utterly opposed to any form of violence within our community, and I totally condemn the actions of the gunman,’ he said.

‘However, whilst this kind of violent vigilantism can never be justified, what it highlights is the growing fear within our community, both in Australia and New Zealand, of the increasing Muslim presence.

‘As always, left-wing politicians and the media will rush to claim that the causes of today’s shootings lie with gun laws or those who hold nationalist views but this is all cliched nonsense.

Anning has sparked outrage after blaming immigration for the mosque shootings in New Zealand

Anning has sparked outrage after blaming immigration for the mosque shootings in New Zealand

Anning has sparked outrage after blaming immigration for the mosque shootings in New Zealand

‘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.

‘Let us be clear, while Muslims may have been the victims today, usually they are the perpetrators. World-wide, Muslims are killing people in the name of their faith on an industrial scale.

‘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. And just because the followers of this savage belief were not the killers in this instance, does not make them blameless.

‘As we read in Matthew 26:52, ‘all they that take the sword, shall perish by the sword’ and those who follow a violent religion that calls on them to murder us, cannot be too surprised when someone takes them at their word and responds in kind,’ Senator Anning concluded.

The senator said Islam was not like any other faith and quoted the Bible to justify his assertion.

‘It is the religious equivalent of fascism. And just because the followers of this savage belief were not the killers in this instance, does not make them blameless,’ he said.

‘As we read in Matthew 26:52, ‘All they that take the sword, shall perish by the sword’ and those who follow a violent religion that calls on them to murder us, cannot be too surprised when someone takes them at their word and responds in kind.’ 

In August, Senator Anning told Parliament a ‘final solution’ to Muslim immigration was needed in the form of a plebiscite, several months after defecting from Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party. 

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