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7 May, 2019 03:24

Was it hard-boiled? Australian PM egged in protest over migrant detention policy (VIDEO)

Was it hard-boiled? Australian PM egged in protest over migrant detention policy (VIDEO)

The moment an activist attempted to crack an egg on the head of Australian PM Scott Morrison has been captured on video. Both Morrison and the egg survived intact, though an elderly woman got knocked over in the ensuing scuffle.

Morrison was ambushed by a young female protester as he campaigned at the Country Women’s Association State Conference in Albury, New South Wales, on Monday.

After Morrison delivered his speech, he went into the crowd, blending in with the predominantly female attendees. As he was chatting the voters up, a woman approached from behind in what looked like an attempt to smash an egg on Morrison's head.

It is unclear if it went according to plan, as the egg appeared to either have bounced off Morrison’s head or to have missed it by an inch. In any case, it apparently landed on the floor, fully intact. A photo posted by ABC News reporter Dan Conifer shows presumably the same egg without a hint of a scratch or a crack.

The woman was immediately rounded-on by Morrison’s security detail. In the chaos that ensued, an elderly woman got knocked down and had to be helped up by Morrison himself.

The Daily Telegraph reported that the protester showed no remorse as she voluntarily headed to a police station. The young woman, whose identity was not revealed, was allegedly protesting the Morrison government’s migration policy, in particular the infamous Manus Island migrant detention camp.

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Detention facilities on Manus Island and Nauru have become symbols of Australia’s controversial practice of “outsourcing” the detention of asylum seekers to third parties with questionable human rights records. The facilities have long been associated with mistreatment, torture and abuse. Last month, there were reports of a fatal typhoid fever outbreak among asylum seekers and refugees on Manus Island.

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In a string of tweets following the incident, the PM chose to focus on “the older lady who was knocked out off her feet” and how he “helped her up and gave her a hug,” while denouncing the protester as a “cowardly activist” and her act as “thuggery.”

An egging trend in the Australian politics was set off by a teenage protester in March, who egged an Independent Senator after he appeared to blame Muslims for the attacks on New Zealand mosques.

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