A far-right Australian senator who was internationally criticized after he blamed Muslims for the Christchurch mosque capturing assaults was smacked throughout the again of his head with an egg on Saturday by a teen protester.
After being struck by the egg throughout a press convention in Melbourne, a shocked Sen. Fraser Anning then smacked the teenager in his face in response.
The teenager, who has not been recognized by authorities, was then overwhelmed and apprehended by Anning’s supporters who held him in a choke maintain till police arrived on the scene.
The incident continues to be underneath investigation and can be checked out in its “entirety,” mentioned Victoria police in an announcement.
Authorities mentioned they’d not solely be wanting into the teenager’s actions, however Anning’s as effectively.
Police mentioned the boy was faraway from the premises after the scuffle.
Video footage of the egg incident shortly went viral on Saturday and the 17-year-old, whose title appears to be Will Connolly, based on an Instagram account that appeared to belong to him, was swiftly dubbed #EggBoy on social media.
Folks from around the globe flooded’s the boy’s Instagram with reward, and lots of feedback seemed to be from Muslims thanking the boy for standing as much as Anning’s Islamophobia and racism.
After 50 folks have been killed and dozens extra injured in Friday’s Christchurch capturing, Anning had launched a extremely offensive assertion on his parliamentary stationary through which the Queensland senator blamed Muslims for immigrating to New Zealand.
The senator’s phrases have been roundly criticized, together with by Australia’s prime minister, Scott Morrison, who referred to as them “disgusting.”
“These views haven’t any place in Australia, not to mention the Australian parliament,” Morrison mentioned.
Assist for #EggBoy has been sturdy, with many individuals praising his actions on-line.
The incident was additionally being praised by younger Muslims who have been mourning in Christchurch.
“Did you see that video of the Queensland senator being hit by an egg?” one Muslim teen instructed BuzzFeed Information as he stood outdoors a Christchurch hospital. “That made my day.”
In a video being shared on-line that the egg-throwing teen appeared to have filmed after the incident, he mentioned, “Do not egg politicians.”
“You get tackled by thirty bogans on the similar time,” he mentioned, utilizing Australian slang for rednecks. “I discovered the laborious method. Fuck.”
As a method of exhibiting solidarity with the teenager, a GoFundMe web page has been set as much as assist him pay for authorized charges and to purchase “extra eggs.”