Labor Senator called a ‘terrorist, monkey’ by far right group
Labor Senator Sam Dastayri says he was frightened and intimidated after he was ambushed by members of a far-right patriot group.
Mr Dastayri was at a pub in Footscray promoting his book when he was accosted last night.
He was called a terrorist and a monkey.
“This is where politics is heading in this country,” he told Neil Mitchell.
“I cop a lot abuse, I cop a lot of hate, I probably cop more than other people do because I am a little outspoken.”
He said that sort of behaviour should be called out.
Neil Erikson, one of the members of the group who abused Mr Dastayri, said he was a sook.
He denied it was offensive to call him names and that he crossed the line.
“He called me a redneck, which is actually a racist slur,” he said.
“So I turned around and called him a terrorist. I think it’s fair, he had no evidence to show I’m a redneck.
“We just wanted to put him on show.”
Both the Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull have condemned the racist tirade.
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