Man Arrested Over Alleged Assault On Press Photographer At Fraser Anning Event

A 19-year-old man has been arrested after an alleged scuffle with a cameraman at a Cronulla press conference held by Senator Fraser Anning this morning.

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SBS reports a journalist, who is thought to write for News Corp‘s local papers, faced a vocal backlash from supporters while questioning Anning.

Some of his backers allegedly followed the reporter out of Dunningham Park, and the 19-year-old man allegedly hurled an insult at her.

An altercation reportedly broke out when the cameraman checked in on the reporter.

ABC reports the 19-year-old threw punches at the cameraman when he attempted to take his photo.

Subsequent images from the scene show the cameraman standing with a torn shirt.

NSW Police were called and arrested the 19-year-old man, who is reportedly being questioned at Sutherland Police Station.

7News reports that Anning, who held the conference to announce Peter Kelly as the Conservative National Party candidate for the seat of Cook, said he does not know the 19-year-old. 

The incident comes a month after 17-year-old Will Connolly slapped an egg on Anning’s head at a press conference in Victoria, an apparent act of payback for Anning’s deeply bigoted and racist comments regarding the Christchurch terror attack.

While Connolly – and Anning, who struck Connolly after the egging – escaped charges over the incident, Victoria Police did charge a 20-year-old man with assault for allegedly kicking Connolly while he was on the ground.