Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Aussie politician claims Muslims are responsible for New Zealand shootings

Aussie politician claims Muslims are responsible for New Zealand shootings

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

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.

Australia's prime minister, Scott Morrison, called Anning's comments "disgusting".

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

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"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.

Singapore's Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam said that the comments by senator Fraser Anning described Islam as a violent, fascist religion promoting savage beliefs.

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'Australians will be utterly ashamed of this racist man.

Mr Morrison today announced the Coalition and Labor would pass a motion censuring Senator Anning for the statement when Parliament returns next month.

"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.

"The senator in question, I do not think operates by the beat of the same drum as the rest of us", he said.

"It is disgusting and has no place in the Australian Parliament and hopefully the voters will deal with this fellow in the most effective way".

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

"There are.millions of Australians who feel solidarity with you today", he said during his speech in Melbourne, adding he was in a room full of people who were "first and foremost" Australians.

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