Watch: Far-right senator egged after blaming immigration for mosque attacks
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Watch: Far-right senator egged after blaming immigration for mosque attacks

Prime Minister describes his comments as "appalling"

A far-right Australian senator had to be restrained by security officials Saturday after punching a young man protesting his offensive comments about the barbaric New Zealand mosque attacks.

Queensland Senator Fraser Anning drew international condemnation for his efforts to blame the attack that killed 49 Muslim worshippers on immigration.

Amid the controversy, an unnamed young man threw an egg at Anning during a press conference in Melbourne, prompting the senator to hit him in the face repeatedly before being stopped by what appeared to be a security guard.

A scuffle ensues in which several other men tackle the teenager to the ground while swearing at him. The video shows them holding the teenager on the ground in a chokehold until police officers arrive.

A spokesman for Victoria Police said officers had arrested a 17-year-old man at the scene and later released him pending further inquiries.

In a statement on Friday, Anning had said the attack which killed 49 Muslim worshippers in the southern New Zealand city was the result of Muslim immigration into the country.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison described Anning's comments as "appalling" and "ugly" with "no place in Australia", as he announced a bipartisan motion of censure would be launched.

 

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