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Australian fury as Erdogan invokes Gallipoli after Christchurch massacre

Australian fury as Erdogan invokes Gallipoli after Christchurch massacreRecep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s president, has sparked a diplomatic confrontation with Australia and New Zealand over the Christchurch massacre by threatening that anti-Muslim Westerners would be sent home “in coffins” like those killed the Battle of Gallipoli.  The Turkish leader has made the killings in New Zealand a centre-piece of his political campaign ahead of local elections at the end of the month and has been playing footage of the mass killing before crowds at his rallies.    In a speech near the site where thousands of New Zealander and Australian troops were buried after the 1915 Battle of Gallipoli, Mr Erdogan said the Christchurch shooter and the First World War soldiers were both motivated by anti-Islamic sentiments.  “Your grandfathers came and saw that we're here. Then some of them walked back, while others left in coffins,” Mr Erdogan said. “If you come with the same intention, we'll be waiting for you.” His comments were met with fury in Australia, where Scott Morrison, the prime minister, summoned Turkey’s ambassador and demanded that Mr Erdogan retract his remarks.  “Remarks have been made by the Turkish President Erdogan that I consider highly offensive to Australians, and highly reckless in this very sensitive environment,” Mr Morrison said. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he would consider 'all options' in reviewing ties  Credit: Getty "I will wait to see what the response is from the Turkish government before taking further action, but I can tell you that all options are on the table.” Mr Morrison said Australia was reviewing its travel advice for Turkey. Thousands of Australians and New Zealanders are expected in Turkey on April 25 to commemorate Anzac Day, marking the first landings in Gallipoli.  Around 8,000 Australians and nearly 3,000 New Zealanders were killed during the disastrous year-long campaign against Ottoman forces, which was overseen by Winston Churchill. Around 130,000 were killed in total on both sides.  Mr Morrison said Mr Erdogan’s comments violated a pledge made by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, who reportedly said “after having lost their lives on this land [the fallen soldiers] have become our sons as well.” New Zealand mosque massacre – In pictures Mr Erdogan had already been sharply rebuked by New Zealand for his comments and for using gruesome video shot by the Christchurch mosque gunman as an election campaign prop. New Zealand’s Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters protested on Monday that such politicisation of the massacre "imperils the future and safety of the New Zealand people and our people abroad, and it’s totally unfair". Mr Peters announced on Tuesday that he would be travelling to Turkey this week at Istanbul’s request to attend a special meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. “Our deputy prime minister will be confronting those comments in Turkey,” Ms Ardern told reporters in Christchurch. “He is going there to set the record straight, face-to-face.” Turkey's Vice-President Fuat Oktay (R) and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (C) speak to the media after visiting Al Noor mosque in Christchurch Credit: Getty Jacinda Ardern, the prime minister of New Zealand, said she was dispatching her deputy prime minister, Winston Peters, to Turkey to confront Mr Erdogan’s comments about the massacre which left 50 people dead at the hands of a white supremacist gunman.  “Our deputy prime minister will be confronting those comments in Turkey,” Ms Ardern said in Christchurch. “He is going there to set the record straight, face-to-face.” Mr Erdogan earlier threatened that if “If New Zealand fails to hold the attacker accountable, one way or another we will hold him to account.” However, in a comment piece in the Washington Post, Mr Erdogan praised Ms Ardern for showing “courage, leadership and sincerity”. He called on all Western leaders to follow her example and "embrace Muslims living in their respective countries”. He also said there was no difference between the hateful ideology of Brenton Tarrant, the mosque gunman, and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil).  Mr Erdogan has made a habit of provoking fights with foreign governments ahead of elections as a way of whipping up his base of nationalist voters.  Ahead of a referendum to change Turkey’s constitution in 2017, Mr Erdogan accused Dutch and German ministers of being Nazis. He expelled Israel’s ambassador from Ankara a month before the 2018 presidential elections.  Mr Erdogan often presents himself as a global champion of Muslims facing repression, from the occupied Palestinian territories to western China, where up to 1 million Uighur Muslims are believed to be detained by the Chinese government.  Sign up for your essential, twice-daily briefing from The Telegraph with our free Front Page newsletter.



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Teen smashes egg on Australian senator who blamed immigrants for New Zealand mosque attacks

Teen smashes egg on Australian senator who blamed immigrants for New Zealand mosque attacksFraser Anning was speaking to reporters Saturday when cameras caught a 17-year-old standing behind the politician cracking a raw egg on his head.



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'You Are a Good Egg.' Fundraiser for Australian Teen Who Egged Senator Raises Over $30,000

'You Are a Good Egg.' Fundraiser for Australian Teen Who Egged Senator Raises Over $  30,000The teen 'egged' a controversial senator following his Islamophobic comments



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Australian police search homes linked to NZealand mosque gunman

Australian police search homes linked to NZealand mosque gunmanAustralian counter-terrorism police searched two homes early Monday linked to the gunman accused of killing 50 people at two New Zealand mosques last week, police said. The homes were in the New South Wales towns of Sandy Beach and Lawrence, both near the town of Grafton where Brenton Tarrant, the alleged shooter, grew up. “The primary aim of the activity is to formally obtain material that may assist New Zealand police in their ongoing investigation,” a police statement said.



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Teen eggs Australian senator who blames Muslims for attack

Teen eggs Australian senator who blames Muslims for attackCANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian senator had a raw egg cracked over his head and faces censure from his fellow lawmakers after sparking outrage by blaming Muslim immigration for the New Zealand mosque shootings.



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Australian premier sides with egger against egged senator

Australian premier sides with egger against egged senatorCANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister on Sunday suggested an anti-Muslim senator should be charged after he slapped a teen who cracked a raw egg over the legislator's head.



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Australian premier sides with egger against egged senator

Australian premier sides with egger against egged senatorCANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister on Sunday suggested an anti-Muslim senator should be charged after he slapped a teen who cracked a raw egg over the legislator's head.



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Teen in Viral Video Eggs Australian Politician Who Blamed Immigration for New Zealand Mosque Shootings

Teen in Viral Video Eggs Australian Politician Who Blamed Immigration for New Zealand Mosque ShootingsTeen in Viral Video Eggs Australian Politician Who Blamed Immigration for New Zealand Mosque Shootings



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Teen eggs an Australian official after his racist reaction to the New Zealand shooting

Teen eggs an Australian official after his racist reaction to the New Zealand shootingOne Australian teen gave the world a much-needed moment of catharsis on Saturday, egging Australian senator Fraser Anning over his reaction to the horrific Christchurch, New Zealand mass shooting and taking a punch in the face for his efforts. Video of the incident, showing the teen sliding up behind Anning while he spoke to reporters, immediately went viral. The teen splats an egg on the back of Anning's head, filming the whole thing with his phone, which prompted Anning to spin around and throw a punch at the kid. > Someone has just slapped an egg on the back of Australian Senator Fraser Anning's head, who immediately turned around and punched him in the face. @politicsabc @abcnews pic.twitter.com/HkDZe2rn0X> > — Henry Belot (@Henry_Belot) March 16, 2019The egging was almost certainly in response to Anning's awful statement to the New Zealand mosque shootings, which killed 49 people on Friday. SEE ALSO: Police urge people to stop sharing that Christchurch shooter video onlineIn the wake of the tragedy, Anning issued a statement directly blaming Muslim immigrants for the attacks, saying, "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."> After the devastating attacks on mosques in Christchurch today, this is Queensland Senator Fraser Anning's response auspol pic.twitter.com/eLKzIXjBcQ> > — Felicity Caldwell (@fel_caldwell) March 15, 2019The grotesque response, as well as statements he made on Saturday about the killer, are so steeped in Islamophobia and racism that a single egg seems far too kind. Punching the kid multiple times also seems like a poor response but here we are. So now the teen, punch to the face and all, has quickly become the latest internet folk hero. There's even a GoFundMe fundraiser for the teen because of course there is. Aiming to raise $ 2,000 for him to pay any potential legal fees and "buy more eggs," it had eclipsed $ 5,000 by 11:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time Saturday morning. And Twitter responded in kind, too.> If Fraser Anning didn't want to get slapped with an egg, he shouldn't have allowed eggs into his country. t.co/gfMNYsZjWn> > — Zing Tsjeng (@misszing) March 16, 2019> The new avengers movie looks sick eggboy EggANazi eggboi @fraser_anning pic.twitter.com/ABffD4ZAwc> > — Austin Carlile (@AustinJCarlile) March 16, 2019> The guy who threw his shoes at Bush/the Australian kid who egged that fascist senator 2020> > — Paul Blest (@pblest) March 16, 2019According to media reports, the teen was released by police without any charges being filed. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison condemned Anning's comments, tweeting that they "have no place in Australia." > The remarks by Senator Fraser Anning blaming the murderous attacks by a violent, right-wing, extremist terrorist in New Zealand on immigration are disgusting. Those views have no place in Australia, let alone the Australian Parliament.> > — Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) March 15, 2019In the wake of the attacks, several efforts are underway to support the local Muslim community in Christchurch, including one by the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. Following 2 hate-inspired shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue that killed 11 people, the Muslim community in Pittsburgh raised thousands of dollars in support.  WATCH: A 16-year-old girl is on her way to become the first ballerina to wear a hijab



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Australian lawmaker blames mosque slaughter on 'increasing Muslim presence'

Australian lawmaker blames mosque slaughter on 'increasing Muslim presence'A right-wing member of the Australian parliament blamed the murder of 49 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Muslim immigration.



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