Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Australian senator blames Muslims for Christchurch #MosqueAttacks

Australian senator blames Muslims for Christchurch #MosqueAttacks

Mehreen Faruqi, the first Muslim woman elected to federal parliament, named Senator Anning and Pauline Hanson as politicians who target Muslims.

Five fully grown men held the boy down on the floor until police arrived.

49 people are confirmed dead after at least one gunman opened fire during Friday prayers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison earlier hit out at the independent senator's comments in a tweet on Friday.

Australian Muslims have been warned to be extra vigilant following the "terrorist" shooting massacre of worshippers in New Zealand.

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Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the government will censure the senator, "The remarks by Senator Fraser Anning blaming the murderous attacks by a violent, rightwing, extremist terrorist in New Zealand on immigration are disgusting".

"The real cause of bloodshed on New Zealand streets today is the immigration program which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place", his statement read.

A police statement said the boy was arrested but was released without charge pending further enquires.

He ended with a passage from the bible and said those who followed a violent religion that called on them to murder "cannot be too surprised when someone takes them at their word and responds in kind".

Dr Jneid also encouraged all mosques and places of worship in Australia to be extra vigilant - and for members of the Muslim community to be particularly mindful of their safety in the coming days.

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I stand totally against any Muslims in our Parliament.

Opposition leader Bill Shorten voiced his anger at the comments.

"Let us be clear, while Muslims may behave been victims today, usually they are the perpetrator". I H Kauser said in a statement that unity against bigotry was critical at this sad time.

Anning was speaking to media and reportedly talking about "fake refugees" and the "threat of immigration" when the violence broke out.

"Come here you f***ing mongrel human", Senator Anning is heard saying as he reaches for the boy.

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

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