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Watch: Controversial Australian senator egged after New Zealand shootings statement

Egg smashed on Australian Senator Fraser Anning's head while speaking to media in Melbourne Photograph:( WION )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 16, 2019, 05.02 PM (IST)

An Australian senator, who made controversial comments about the New Zealand mosque shootings yesterday, punched a 17-year-old boy after he was egged at an event in Melbourne on Saturday.

Senator  Fraser Anning, who has a history of racist comments, was egged at a news conference and proceeded to physically assault the person who egged him.

Video footage recorded at the event appears to show Fraser Anning, a far-right independent Queensland senator, halfway through a press conference when the teenager cracked an egg over his head while filming with a mobile phone. The senator responded by punching the 17-year-old. The teenager was then tackled to the ground by Anning’s supporters and held in a chokehold.

On Friday, Senator Anning released a statement saying that the "real cause of bloodshed" in New Zealand was the "immigration program which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand", and that it highlighted the "growing fear within our community... of the increasing Muslim presence".

His comments sparked outrage across the country, and an online petition calling for his removal from parliament gained over 265 000 signatures within 24 hours.

(With inputs from Reuters) 

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The senator, who has a history of racist comments, was egged at a news conference and proceeded to physically assault the person who egged him.