Politically-motivated violence

A pie in the face on a comedy show may look like fun, but in real life it’s assault and battery

A woman who (allegedly) attacked Natasha Fyles (Chief Minister of the Northern Territory), by smashing a cream-covered crepe into her face, has been charged with aggravated assault. Fyles was out at her local market, and wasn’t even engaged in a political activity (not that the venue or type of activity should make any difference; wantonly assaulting someone is a crime no matter who or where they are).

The police were quite right to charge the (alleged) attacker, as it was a cowardly and despicable act, no matter what one may think of how Fyles has been handling her job as Chief Minister.

The Fraser Anning case (2019)
So, the Chief Minister’s attacker has been charged; but why didn’t the police charge the cowardly “Egg Boy” (Will Connolly) when he attacked Senator Fraser Anning from behind? Why the difference? Is it because Fyles is a Leftist (a Labor Party politician), whilst Fraser is a Conservative?

(By the way, although the police couldn’t find the willpower to charge “Egg Boy”, they did charge a young man who kicked Connolly after he attacked Fraser. Despite calls for justice, the police steadfastly refused to actually charge the egg attacker himself; the cowardly “Egg Boy” got away with performing his sneak attack.)

Will Connolly thought that politically-motivated violence was a great idea. He achieved celebrity status amongst Leftists, with the Australian Broadcasting Commission fawning all over him.

BuzzFeed News reported that “Connolly shot to stardom. His Instagram account grew to have 660,000 followers. International music artists promised him VIP treatment at their concerts. Murals were painted of him. There was even an Egg Boy action figure.”

Because coward Connolly wasn’t charged, he became emboldened, even threatening to attack someone else, declaring “I’ve been saying that I have one egg left for someone special, I just don’t know who it is yet”. BuzzFeed News reported that the unrepentant Connolly boasted “One hundred percent I’d do it again”.

The Left’s endorsement of politically-motivated violence
The Far Left extremist Sarah Hanson-Young declared that Connolly was “Australia’s newest hero”, thereby endorsing and supporting his politically-motivated violence.

Ironically, the cowardly attack by Will Connolly came after Brenton Tarrant attacked two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Was Connolly aware that he was, in essence, endorsing Tarrant’s decision to engage in politically-motivated violence? Sure, the type and scale of politically-motivated violence they both used are very far apart from each other on the violence spectrum, but the essential principle remains: both Will Connolly and Brenton Tarrant engaged in politically-motivated violence.

With both Will Connolly and Sarah Hanson-Young supporting the principle of politically-motivated violence, where will it end? Who is to decide what is an acceptable level of politically-motivated violence? With emotionally-deranged Leftists declaring that “Trump is a fascist” and “Trump is literally Hitler”, it would be no surprise if an extremist Leftist tried to assassinate Donald Trump; such a person would have decided that this type of politically-motivated violence is totally acceptable. What about people who want to violently target all of Australia’s politicians for political reasons? This is the slippery slope that both Will Connolly and Sarah Hanson-Young have started down.

The Left love political violence. This can be seen by their support for the BLM riots, as well as for their support for personal attacks upon individuals such as Tony Abbott, Andrew Bolt, Carl Benjamin, Nigel Farage, Tommy Robinson, and Richard Spencer.

What goes around comes around. People should be careful of advocating political violence, lest they reap what they sow, for the Fates may not smile kindly on the bringers of evil.


Attack upon Natasha Fyles (2023):
Thomas Morgan and Sarah Spina-Matthews, “NT Chief Minister Natasha Fyles allegedly assaulted with cream-covered pancake at Nightcliff Markets”, ABC News, 24 September 2023
Serena Seyfort, Emily Bennett, and Adam Vidler, “Charges laid after alleged assault on Northern Territory Chief Minister Natasha Fyles”, 9 News, 25 September 2023
Woman who allegedly attacked NT chief minister with a crepe charged with aggravated assault”, The Guardian, 25 September 2023
See also:
Charmayne Allison and Evan Wallace, “Fyles accosted by anti-fracking protesters while competing in West Macs Monster”, ABC News, 22 May 2023

Attack upon Fraser Anning (2019):
Sarah Hanson-Young, “ Sarah Hanson-Young This kid’s Australia’s newest hero”, Sarah Hanson-Young (Twitter), 16 March 2019 [also available at: Archive.org]
James Jansson, “It’s no yolk: Egging shows the high risk of pollies endorsing violence”, Science Party, 18 March 2019
‘Egg Boy’ says attack on Fraser Anning ‘united people’ after Christchurch shootings”, ABC News, 25 Mar 2019
Simone Fox Koob and Susan Telai, “Man charged after allegedly kicking ‘Egg Boy’, but Fraser Anning cleared”, The Age, 9 April 2019
Australia ‘egg boy’ clash: Senator cleared as teenager handed caution”, BBC News, 9 April 2019
Lisa Martin, “This article is more than 4 years old ‘Egg boy’ and Fraser Anning: Man who allegedly kicked teen charged with assault”, The Guardian, 9 April 2019
Cameron Wilson, “A boy egged a racist politician after Christchurch: A year on, their lives have completely changed”, BuzzFeed News, 16 March 2020
‘Egg Boy’ Will Connolly on two years since Fraser Anning crack”, RNZ (Radio New Zealand), 16 March 2021
Levi Parsons, “Daily meditation, surviving lockdown and why he did it: Infamous ‘egg boy’ reveals how life has changed since he cracked an egg on Fraser Anning’s head – and that it may not be the last time he attacks a politician”, Daily Mail, 22 April 2021 [“I have one egg left” quote; University of Canberra and Magda Szubanski]
Dean Cain on ‘Egg Boy:’ ‘I Would Have Knocked That Kid Cold’”, Inside Edition (YouTube), 20 March 2019
Man who allegedly assaulted ‘Egg Boy’ wanted by police | Nine News Australia”, 9 News Australia (YouTube), 8 April 2019
Egg Boy | The Project”, The Project, 29 November 2019 (YouTube) [ABC interview]

Attack upon Tony Abbott (2017):
Liz Burke, “Tony Abbott ‘assaulted’ by same-sex marriage campaigner”, News.com.au, 21 September 2017
Andrew Koubaridis and Liz Burke, “Hobart man who allegedly assaulted Tony Abbott breaks his silence”, News.com.au, 23 September 2017
Tasmanian DJ Astro Labe admits he head-butted former prime minister Tony Abbott”, News.com.au, 18 January 2018 [also available at: Archive.org]

Attack upon Carl Benjamin (2019):
Scuffle after protesters attempt to throw milkshake at Ukip candidate Carl Benjamin”, Daily Mail, 17 May 2019
Two more Right-Wing icons get milkshaked: The fad is growing”, The Majority Report w/ Sam Seder (YouTube), 22 May 2019 [re Carl Benjamin, Nigel Farage]

Attack upon Andrew Bolt (2017):
Andrew Bolt sprayed in the face by protesters after book launch”, 9 News, 7 June 2017
Andrew Bolt fury after attack by ‘left fascists’”, The New Daily, 7 June 2017
Genevieve Alison, “Watch Andrew Bolt punch on with attackers in the street, after he was sprayed with glitter and dye”, The West Australian, 8 June 2017
Video: “Footage shows Andrew Bolt throwing punch after glitter dousing”, Qldaah (YouTube), 7 June 2017

Attacks upon Nigel Farage (2014, 2019):
Josh Halliday, “Nigel Farage milkshake attacker ordered to pay Brexiter’s suit-cleaning bill”, The Guardian, 18 June 2019
Nigel Farage hit with an egg on campaign trail in Nottingham”, Sky News (YouTube), 2 May 2014
Nigel Farage hit by milkshake while campaigning in Newcastle”, Guardian News (YouTube), 20 May 2019
Farage ‘milkshake man’ says it was banana and salted caramel”, Daily Mail (YouTube), 21 May 2019

Attack upon Tommy Robinson (2019):
Video: “Milkshake thrown at Tommy Robinson”, The Telegraph (YouTube), 4 May 2019

Attack upon Richard Spencer (2017):
Paul P. Murphy, “White nationalist Richard Spencer punched during interview”, CNN, 21 January 2017
Video: “Far-right activist Richard Spencer punched during interview | ABC News”, ABC News (Australia) (YouTube), 23 Jan 2017

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