An Australian politician who was criticised for suggesting Muslim immigration was to blame for the Christchurch terror attacks punched a youth who egged him during a live TV broadcast.
The altercation, captured as senator Fraser Anning spoke to the media in Melbourne, led to the pair brawling before being split apart by crowds.
As Mr Anning addresses a TV camera, the boy can be seen taking out his mobile phone behind the politician and appears to start filming.
He then pulls an egg and cracks it against the back of Mr Anning’s head, sending dripping yolk and white over his head.
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
— 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) March 16, 2019
Mr Anning then turns and punches the youth in the face twice before onlookers intervene.
Police said the boy was arrested but was released without charge pending further enquires.
The senator came under fire over tweets on Friday including one that said: “Does anyone still dispute the link between Muslim immigration and violence?”
He also said: “The real cause of bloodshed on New Zealand streets today is the immigration program that allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place.”
Many of the tweets were deleted but the sentiment remained in a statement he issued following the mosque massacres.
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SOURCE: Evening Standard – Jacob Jarvis