Teen who smashed egg on Aussie senator's head honored with a mural in Melbourne
The egging came a day after Anning released a statement blaming Muslim immigration for the terror attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday, which claimed 50 lives
The teenager, who smashed an egg on the head of Australian Senator Fraser Anning, has reportedly been honored with a mural in a Melbourne laneway. The 17-year-old, Will Connolly, was standing behind the senator at a Conservative National Party Meeting in Melbourne on Saturday afternoon when he smashed an egg on the senator's head.
The egging came a day after Anning released a statement blaming Muslim immigration for the terror attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday, which claimed 50 lives and injured dozens of others.
"The real cause of the 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 said.
The teenager, ever since the incident, has become an internet sensation with thousands of dollars in donations pouring in for him from across the world and social media users praising him for his act.
Melbourne's Hosier Lane has become a famous tourist attraction in recent years as artists paint over old murals regularly to exhibit their talent. The newest addition, in Connolly's honor, appeared overnight and is a homage to the exact moment Connolly filmed himself throwing an egg on Senator Anning.
The particular artwork is believed to have been painted by the nephew of former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, Van T Rudd, who is a regular contributor at Hosier Lane, according to Daily Mail.
Seconds after the schoolboy egged the senator, Anning turned around and smacked the boy in his face twice and was later grabbed around the neck, tackled to the ground and restrained by nearly five men attending the event. Footage of the incident showed the teenager being arrested and later being removed from the premises.
The clip soon went viral and a GoFundMe page has been set up to pay for the teenager's legal fees and "to buy more eggs". Out of the $50,000 goal for the fundraiser, $48,575 has been reached.
The description of the page reads: "Our hero EggBoi takes on Fraser Anning, the senator for Queensland that is now despised around the world for comments made after the shooting at a New Zealand mosque. Money raised will go to EggBoi for: Legal fees, More eggs."
An update on the page reads: "I have spoken to EggBoi (Will) on the phone a short while ago and he is committed to sending a majority of the money to the victims of the Christchurch terrorist attack. I will keep you all updated with how everything pans out."
Shortly after the video went viral, Adam Houda, a high profile criminal lawyer, demanded that Anning should also face charges in the case, stating that his reaction was a clear case of assault on a child.
"I've just seen the footage of the Fraser Anning egging. Anning reacts by assaulting the young man. The police are now obligated to charge Anning," Houda tweeted.
A former lawyer of Sydney Lindt Cafe siege gunman Man Haron Monis, Houda, has also offered to represent him free of charge. "The video evidence is clear. Anning has NO defense. I'll be monitoring the situation carefully. I've never chased a client, but I've put it out there that I'm happy to help him (pro bono) It's now up to him and his parents," he wrote on Twitter.
Victoria Police also released a statement saying that they are probing the incident "in its entirety" currently, which also includes the senators and others' actions.