Australian senator hits teenager after he was egged for mosque shooting comments – Stuff.co.nz


A GoFundMe page has raised more than A$11,000 (NZ$11,400) for the teen who egged Australian Senator Fraser Anning on Saturday afternoon.

The senator sparked outrage for blaming Muslim immigration for the shootings at a Christchurch mosque on Friday that killed 50 people.  

The 17-year-old boy has received an outpouring of support after he smashed an egg on to the head of the controversial politician as he spoke to media at a right-wing rally in Moorabbin, Melbourne.

The Queensland senator then struck out twice with an open hand at the teenager, who was tackled to the ground by a group of the Senator’s supporters, including convicted criminal Neil Erickson.

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Fraser Anning strikes the young activist who egged him.

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Fraser Anning strikes the young activist who egged him.

Will Connolly, a Melbourne teen, posted a short video to twitter identifying himself as “Egg Boy”.

“Don’t egg politicians, you get tackled by thirty bogans at the same time, I learnt the hard way,” he said in the video.

His account appears to have been taken down from the platform.

Anning came under fire on Saturday after publishing an anti-Muslim statement in response to Friday’s horrific Christchurch attacks.

Anning’s statement blamed the right-wing terror attack, where 50 people were gunned down while peacefully praying, on an increase of Islamic immigration and stated that Muslim people were “not blameless”.

The teen was arrested and later released without charge.

Despite police labelling the teen’s actions as assault, “Egg Boy” is being labelled a “hero” on Twitter and users from around the world are celebrating his act.

“Yesterday, Australia got the villain it created. Today, it got the hero it deserved,” said Ammara Siddique.

“Dear Eggboy. I am a philosophy professor in Turkey. We really appreciate what you did. I will pay for tickets, and 10 days in a 5-star hotel (wherever you want in Turkey) Be our guest in Turkey,” said Caner Taslaman.

The GoFundMe page raised more than A$11,000 in less than a day.

“Our hero EggBoi takes on Fraser Anning, the senator for Queensland that is now despised around the world for comments made after the shooting at a New Zealand mosque,” read the campaign’s description.

It promised that money raised would go help the teen pay for legal fees and more eggs.

“Thank you egg boy for showing that Senator Anning’s hate speech should not be tolerated. This Christchurch resident applauds you,” said Rachel Brewer.

Immediately after the incident, Anning hit the teen and his supporters tackled him to the ground.

Reporters from The Age and Channel Ten appealed to the Anning supporters to release the boy, who was being held down.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern met with members of the Christchurch Muslim community on Saturday after the shooting at the mosques.

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern met with members of the Christchurch Muslim community on Saturday after the shooting at the mosques.

After continuing to appeal to the men the Age reporter was physically removed from the building by rally organisers.

A spokesperson from Victoria Police says that they will investigate the actions of Anning and his supporters as well as the 17-year-old boy.

“The incident is being actively investigated by Victoria Police ‘in its entirety’ including the actions of the 69-year-old man and others.”

He was accosted by a member of the public for a second time on Friday at Melbourne airport.

No blows were exchanged in this confrontation, but the man, filming the exchange on his phone, angrily confronted him about his Christchurch statement.

 



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