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Lawmaker calls for banning Australian senator from entering Indonesia

  • Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, March 17, 2019   /   06:03 pm
Lawmaker calls for banning Australian senator from entering Indonesia A police officer cordons off a street near a mosque after a mass shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 15. A gunman opened fire inside the Al Noor Mosque during afternoon prayers, causing multiple fatalities. (AFP/Radio New Zealand)

House of Representatives’ lawmaker Charles Honoris is calling for the government to ban Australian Senator Fraser Anning from entering Indonesia because of his controversial comments about the recent shootings in mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand that killed 50 people, including an Indonesian citizen.

”As I condemned the terrorist acts in two mosques in Christchurch, I also strongly condemned the official statement of Senator Fraser Anning of Queensland who basically assumed that terrorism against mosques was a price worth paying [by] Muslims and that Islam is an 'ideology of violence',” Charles said on Saturday evening.

“On behalf of all the peaceful Indonesian people, I ask the Indonesian government to ban Anning from entering Indonesian territory for any reason so that he cannot bring the perspective that can divide religious communities,” Charles, an Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician at the House's Commission I on defense and foreign affairs, said.

Anning previously drew international condemnation for his efforts to blame the attack on immigration, AFP reported.

Amid the controversy, an unnamed young man, in a protest against his offensive remarks, threw an egg at the far-right Australian senator during an event in Melbourne, prompting the senator to hit him in the face repeatedly before being stopped by what appeared to be a security guard, according to AFP.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has described Anning's comments as “appalling” and “ugly” with “no place in Australia”.

An Indonesian national identified as Lilik Abdul Hamid was killed when a gunman opened fire during Friday prayers at the mosques in Christchurch. Two other Indonesians were injured. A right-wing Australian extremist, identified as Brenton Tarrant, has been arrested in connection with the attack. (ipa)