Australian senator blames immigrants for mosque attacks

Cheryl Sanders
March 16, 2019

The Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison, said Anning's comments blaming the Islamic community for the shooting were "appalling and ugly and they have no place in Australia".

Videos shared online show far-right lawmaker Fraser Anning aiming at least two strikes at the youngster at an event in Melbourne.

The teenager was arrested by police but has since been released without charge.

In a written statement issued by his office, Senator Anning said that [the terrorist attack] highlighted the growing fear of "Muslim presence" within Australia and New Zealand.

He even said that "while Muslims may have been the victims today, usually they are the perpetrators..."

Commenting on Anning's remarks, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said there was no place for his "disgusting" views.

Queensland senator Fraser Anning had been in Melbourne to meet supporters of his new Conservative National Party, news site Junkee reported.

"To me, there is a clear link between their politics of hate and this sickening, senseless violence in Christchurch", she tweeted. "Those views have no place in Australia, let alone the Australian Parliament". In his statement, he said that Islam is a religion equivalent to fascism.

Senator Fraser Anning was called out for implying that Muslim immigration was to blame for the shootings. Australians will be utterly ashamed of this racist man.

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

'He is a disgrace to the Senate and what is worse by spreading hatred and turning Australians against each other he is doing exactly what the terrorists want'.

Australian politicians have also denounced his remarks.

Earlier, shadow foreign affairs minister Penny Wong condemned Mr Anning's comments as "shameful and pathetic" and said she was " anxious by the rise in extremist views".

Since the incident, support for the boy has flooded in on social media, with many hailing him a "hero" and calling for him to be given awards and medals for his actions.

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