The Australian senator who drew worldwide condemnation on Friday for blaming the mass shooting in New Zealand on Muslims, has punched a young boy who egged him on live TV.
Fraser Anning was speaking to media in Melbourne yesterday when a young man, apparently filming himself on camera, approached him from behind.
The unidentified 17-year-old then cracks an egg on the senator’s head before Anning turns around and lands at least two punches before the pair are broken up by onlookers.
The boy was arrested but later released.
One the same day, Anning was filmed trying to board a plane whilst being heckled by more protestors.
Anning was widely condemned after he issued a statement claiming Islam is responsible for the massacre of at least 49 Muslims in New Zealand.
A statement from Queensland Senator Fraser Anning, posted on Twitter, read: “while Muslims may have been the victims today, usually they are the perpetrators”.
A petition calling for his sacking has been signed by 350,000 people.
Anning, who has been in parliament since November 2017 and sits as an independent in Queensland, has a long history of controversy.
He provoked widespread condemnation in August last year after using term “final solution” in calling for a revival of a “White Australia” restrictive immigration policy.
He has also called an LGBT+ education programmes in schools “sexually deviant propaganda”.
And earlier this week he falsely claimed that 429 Muslims holding political office in the UK are “introducing Sharia law”.
The mass shooting by at least one gunman during Friday prayers in the city of Christchurch is the country’s worst ever mass shooting and was described by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern as a terrorist attack.
At least 49 people are dead and 20 seriously injured. A gunman, described as a “extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist” who idolised US extremist movements, live-streamed the shooting on social media and posted a right-wing manifesto online.