Mr Anning had been heavily criticised after appearing to blame Muslim immigration for a terror attack on two New Zealand mosques which left 49 people dead. The teen is then tackled to the ground and held in a headlock while Anning is led away. Victoria Police said they arrested the boy but later released him without charge. Videos of the altercation quickly spread on Twitter, where Anning's statement and the subsequent disavowals had introduced the fringe politician to a global audience just one day earlier. Stating that he was opposed to "any form of violence", Anning claimed that the atrocity highlighted the "growing fear over an increasing Muslim presence", in both New Zealand and Australia.
A fundraising page has already been set up to raise cash to cover the teen's legal bills, should he accrue any, as well as cover the cost of "more eggs".
An unnamed young man threw an egg at Anning during a press conference in Melbourne. "Does anyone still dispute the link between Muslim immigration and violence?" he wrote.More news: ‘Islamopobic’ attack in Whitechapel after New Zealand mosque massacre
Adding: "Let us be clear, whilst Muslims may have been the victims today, usually they are the perpetrators".
"I do wonder if he's made Australians less safe overseas", he told reporters in Melbourne.
Canberra, as well as the rest of the world, was quick to denounce Anning's statements, particularly the nation's prime minister, who stated that Anning's "views have no place in Australia", cited by the Washington Post.More news: 49 killed in New Zealand mosque shooting
In Australia, ministers and MPs have been quick to slam Anning, discrediting his platform and saying he is not representative of the country's stance on Islam and migration and "should be ashamed of himself".
Australian PM Scott Morrison has announced the Coalition and Labour would pass a motion in the next parliament meeting in April to censure Anning.
In an August 2018 speech before the Australian parliament, Anning said "the final solution to the immigration problem, of course, is a popular vote", invoking a term used by leaders of Nazi Germany to refer to the Holocaust.More news: Neil deGrasse Tyson Cleared in Sexual Misconduct Probe, Will Return to TV
He entered the legislature as a member of the far-right nationalist Pauline Hanson's One Nation party but switched parties to Katter's Australian Party (KAP) shortly after being sworn in.