Milo Yiannopoulos Not Allowed in Australia After New Zealand Mosque Shooting Comments

Australia's government has banned Milo Yiannopoulos who has a history of attacking Muslims

ALEX ELLINGHAUSEN APAustralia's government has banned Milo Yiannopoulos who has a history of attacking Muslims

Australia has banned former Breitbart columnist Milo Yiannopoulos from the country after a vicious Facebook post about the deadly attack on two New Zealand mosques that killed 49 Muslims, the Sydney Herald reported.

Without referencing any specific remarks, the post said Yiannopoulos' comments on social media about the shooting were "appalling" and "foment hatred and division".

The move came after Mr Yiannopoulos posted comments on Facebook that said attacks like the New Zealand massacre happen because governments "mollycoddle. barbaric, alien religious cultures".

71-year-old Haji Daoud who was killed in the Masjid Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch
71-year-old Haji Daoud who was killed in the Masjid Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch

In early March, senior Coalition figures supported a preliminary Department of Home Affairs plan to deny Yiannopoulos a visa, before backflipping three days later amid a backlash from some Liberal Party MPs and conservative media outlets.

Mr Coleman countered that the "terrorist attack in Christchurch was carried out on Muslims peacefully practising their religion". "It was an act of pure evil".

Labor MP Tony Burke said "good", adding that there was already enough evidence to bar him from the country, and that "the Australian tours for the world's hate speakers must stop".

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The ultra-right public speaker, a British national, who lives in the USA, was scheduled to tour Australia later this year to speak at a series of events.

Yiannopoulos defended his comments after the ban was announced. He added that in his initial statement, he "explicitly denounced violence". "And I criticized the establishment for pandering to Islamic fundamentalism".

At the time, a government source said Coleman strongly disagreed with many of Yiannopoulos' views and statements but had reached the view that someone should not be banned because people disagree with them and may protest in response.

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Twitter banned Yiannopoulos, who is British but has lived in the US, from its platform in 2016.

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