- A right-wing politician, who blamed the New Zealand mosque attacks on Muslim immigration, was egged by a teen during a press conference in Melbourne on Saturday.
- Senator Fraser Anning responded by punching the 17-year-old teen.
- The teen received an outcry of support, including a fundraising page that has since raised over $50,000.
- On Sunday, a mural of the moment the teen slammed the egg into the back of Anning’s head appeared in central Melbourne.
- The artist said: “This mural just HAD to be done!”
An Australian politician, who blamed the New Zealand mosque attacks on Muslim immigration, was egged by a teen during a press conference in Melbourne on Saturday. Several local news organizations witnessed the incident.
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Video footage of the incident, which was posted to senator Fraser Anning’s Facebook page, shows the teen cracking an egg over his head. The senator responded by punching the 17-year-old teen, who was then tackled to the ground by Anning’s supporters in the crowd.
Controversial Independent Senator Fraser Anning has been caught on camera punching a young protester after the boy cracked an egg on the back of his head at an event in Moorabbin. A 17-year-old boy was arrested and released without charge pending investigation. #auspol #7News pic.twitter.com/lbXLDwfS96
— 7 News Melbourne (@7NewsMelbourne) March 16, 2019
The 17-year-old identified as William Connelly quickly became an overnight sensation and was coined “egg boy” by people on social media. According to Australian news service Nine News, Connelly amassed nearly 500,000 followers on Instagram, before closing his social media accounts.
Wasting no time at all, an artist in Melbourne took to the streets to paint a homage to the egg-throwing activist.
#EggBoy has made headlines around the world and now a street artist has painted a mural of the 17-year-old egging Senator @fraser_anning. The painting went up in Hosier Lane overnight. @9NewsMelb @9NewsAUS pic.twitter.com/vWl4SGicH5
— Sam Cucchiara (@SamCucchiara9) March 18, 2019
The mural was painted by Van T Rudd, nephew of former Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd, who posted a photo of his artwork on Instagram.
If you’re on your way to work in Melbourne CBD this morning, here’s a gift for you in Hosier Lane. This mural just HAD to be done! A tribute to #eggboy and his glorious response to Australian politician #fraseranning ‘s support of extreme right wing terror. Don’t forget the protest against right wing extremism in Melbourne this Tuesday, 5.30pm too!! Solidarity with Muslims, refugees, migrants! * * * #christchurchshooting #newzealandshooting #fightracism #freetherefugees #fuckfascism #fuckdonaldtrump #standwithmuslims #socialmediaheroes #politicalartist #vantrudd #politicalmural #eggsforbreakfast
“If you’re on your way to work in Melbourne CBD this morning, here’s a gift for you in Hosier Lane,” the artist captioned the photo.
“This mural just HAD to be done! A tribute to #eggboy and his glorious response to Australian politician #fraseranning’s support of extreme right-wing terror.”
He added: “Solidarity with Muslims, refugees, migrants!”
In addition to the mural, a fundraising page was set up to help Connelly with legal fees and obtaining “more eggs.”
At the time of writing, the GoFundMe page has exceeded its target of $50,000. An update to the page reads: “EggBoi (Will) plans to send a majority of the money to the victims of the Christchurch terrorist attack.”
Several news organizations reported that Connelly was arrested and released without charge after the incident. Victoria Police Minister Lisa Neville told Australian press that they were deciding whether to lay charges against any of those involved, saying: “There were a number of people who had pretty bad behavior on Saturday.”
Meanwhile, Senator Anning has said he acted in self-defence.
“He got a slap across the face, which is what his mother should have given him long ago,” the senator said on Monday according to Nine News.
“When somebody cracks you in the back of your head, you react and defend yourself.
“That for years is what Australians have been doing, luckily they did that in the trenches otherwise we’d be all speaking German now.”
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