Christchurch attack: Outrage as senator blames Muslims, immigration laws
New Zealand: Queensland senator William Fraser Anning is under fire after his highly controversial statement that emerged after Christchurch terror attack on Friday, in which he blamed his country’s immigration laws that led to an increasing Muslim presence in New Zealand.
This is an official press release from an elected senator in Australia. Today. pic.twitter.com/CwqHjmAmqp
— Susan Carland (@SusanCarland) March 15, 2019
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.
Does anyone still dispute the link between Muslim immigration and violence?
— Senator Fraser Anning (@fraser_anning) March 15, 2019
Perhaps the most notable person to criticise the disgusting, anti-Muslim remarks was none other than the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison himself.
Morrison said that the views expressed by Senator Anning had “no place in Australia, let alone the Australian 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. Those views have no place in Australia, let alone the Australian Parliament.
— Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) March 15, 2019
British Home Secretary Sajid Javid condemned the remarks, saying that Australians would be utterly ashamed of “this racist man”.
At a time for grieving and reflection, this Australian senator @fraser_anning fans the flames of violence & extremism. Australians will be utterly ashamed of this racist man. In no way does he represent our Australian friends https://t.co/uzezIeNjbN
— Sajid Javid (@sajidjavid) March 15, 2019
Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari also criticised the anti-Muslim remarks, saying that this mindset encouraged anti-Muslim terrorism.
This is the Islamophobic sick mindset that encourages the rise of anti-Muslim terrorism. Absolutely disgusting. pic.twitter.com/OTgMaOVzmn
— Shireen Mazari (@ShireenMazari1) March 15, 2019
Senator Anning is, however, not unknown for his anti-Muslim stance. Days before the Christchurch terror attack took place, the senator had said he totally stood against Muslims in “our” parliament.
A lot of people have been asking why I don’t join Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party. This is an example of why it won’t work, in this case Pauline has chosen to run a Muslim candidate Emma Eros in the NSW election.
I stand totally against any Muslims in our Parliament.
— Senator Fraser Anning (@fraser_anning) March 12, 2019
Even that message of his had brought considerable backlash from Twitteratis who said it was in fact he who needed to be out of the parliament.
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