'Egg Boy' Goes Viral in NZ

A teenager cracks on egg on Australian Sen. Fraser Anning's head
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 17, 2019 11:40 AM CDT
Updated Mar 17, 2019 12:13 PM CDT

(Newser) – The latest fallout of mass killings in New Zealand involves a teenager cracking an egg on a politician's head, the Independent reports. Australian Sen. Fraser Anning was giving a news conference Saturday in Melbourne when the 17-year-old—identified in media reports as William Connolly, per the Washington Post—smacked a raw egg on him. Anning responded with a punch to the face and his supporters tackled Connolly before putting him in a chokehold. This came a day after the far-right lawmaker blamed immigration on the attacks that killed 50: "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," he said in a statement.

The "Egg Boy" video has gone viral and Twitter is abuzz as politicians weigh in, with prime ministers of New Zealand and Australia denouncing the senator, per NBC News. Meanwhile, a petition to have Anning removed from parliament has nearly 1.5 million signatures and a GoFundMe page has reached $35,000 for Connolly's legal fees, per Bloomberg. Quotes from an Anning rally earlier Saturday are also getting attention: When Anning said many of his supporters are under age 35, a supporter noted the mass killer was 28, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. "It's the younger generation taking up the fight," the supporter said, and Anning responded, "Well he's obviously a little on the crazy side, but yeah." (Read more New Zealand mosque shootings stories.)

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