Australian senator blames immigrants for mosque attacks

In video footage much of the egg can be seen bursting upon contact with Australian senator Fraser Anning's head. He then turns and hits the youth's face in retaliation

"I am utterly opposed to any form of violence within our community, and I totally condemn the actions of the gunman", said Queensland Sen.

Mr Shorten said Senator Anning was "chasing a headline" and wondered whether his comments had made Australians less safe overseas.

The Washington Post reported that Senator Anning in a written statement said the real cause of bloodshed on New Zealand streets today is the immigration programme which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place.

"This act of terror on innocent worshippers is an atrocity and we grieve with the victims and their families", Dr Jneid said in a statement.

Citing a verse from the Bible, he added that "those who follow a violent religion that calls on them to murder us, can not be too surprised when someone takes them at their word and responds in kind".

"Let us be clear, while Muslims may have been the victims today, they are usually the perpetrators", Anning wrote.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison condemned Anning's comments. Twitter has confirmed that an account matching the suspect's name has been deleted, and numerous media outlets report that the account had tweeted a white nationalist manifesto in the moments before the attack.


"Fraser Anning blaming the murderous attacks by a violent, right-wing, extremist terrorist in New Zealand on immigration are disgusting", said Morrison.

Fraser Anning, who has represented Queensland in the Australian Senate since 2017 has caused outrage after he blamed "Muslim fanatics" for the horrendous killings. Those views have no place in Australia, let alone the Australian Parliament.

"By spreading hatred and turning Australians against each other he is doing exactly what the terrorists want", he said on Twitter.

Last year, in a Parliament speech, he reportedly called for a "final solution" to Muslim immigrants, recalling the term used by Holocaust-era Nazis to describe the extermination of Jews in Europe.

"It is heart-breaking that people, praying in a mosque, should be mowed down".

Fraser also tweeted a number of Islamophobic messages on Friday in the hours after the attack.

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