Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Australian lawmaker blames mosque slaughter on 'increasing Muslim presence'

Australian lawmaker blames mosque slaughter on 'increasing Muslim presence'

Footage of the incident shows a young man watching Senator Anning from the sidelines before he starts filming with his mobile phone, and then smashes the egg on the back of the senator's head.

An anti-immigrant manifesto purportedly written by the man in police custody was posted on Twitter and the online forum 8chan shortly before the shootings.

A rabidly anti-Muslim politician in Australia is facing widespread denunciation after immediately blaming a Friday mass shooting in New Zealand - which killed more than 40 people at two local mosques - on the Muslim faith and Muslim immigration.

It came as Prime Minister Scott Morrison slammed the Queensland Senator in the wake of the fatal Christchurch mosque massacre.

WATCH: This is the moment Senator Fraser Anning was egged by a teenage boy during a press conference in Melbourne.

"New Zealand Police alerted us to a video on Facebook shortly after the livestream commenced and we quickly removed both the shooter's Facebook and Instagram accounts and the video", Mia Garlick, Facebook's director of policy for Australia and New Zealand, said in a statement. copies of the gruesome video continued to appear on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

Calling the religion as a violent ideology, Senator Anning said that Islam is a violent ideology of a "despot" acting as a religious leader.

"Those views have no place in Australia, let alone the Australian Parliament", Morrison tweeted.

Watch Senator Fraser Anning Egged By 17-Year-Old At A Local Event- WORLD OF BUZZ
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I stand totally against any Muslims in our Parliament.

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

"While families in Christchurch mourn for loved ones they've lost, an obscure Australian Senator saw this act of terrorism and tragedy as an opportunity to blame the murder victims", Mr Shorten said.

"I find him absolutely disgraceful", Gilbert said.

"Does anyone still dispute the link between Muslim immigration and violence?" he tweeted later Friday.

My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the terrible massacre in the Mosques.

"We also know that at times like these there is heightened concern in certain communities for backlash, for comment, for perhaps even assaults to occur".

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