Australia bars provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos over massacre comments

SYDNEY (AFP) – Australia has denied a visa to right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos after his provocative comments to the mosque massacre in New Zealand officials said yesterday.

“Milo Yiannopoulos will not be allowed to enter Australia for his proposed tour this year,” Immigration Minister David Coleman said in a statement.

“Mr Yiannopoulos’ comments on social media regarding the Christchurch terror attack are appalling and foment hatred and division,” he said.

Australian media has reported that the government of Prime Minister Scott Morrison already decided in March not to grant a visa to Yiannopoulos, but then changed its position after protests from conservatives in the ruling Liberal Party.

The government normally declines to comment on individual visa decisions, but made an exception yesterday in light of the global outrage over the killing of 49 Muslims in New Zealand by an Australian-born right-wing extremist.

The move came after Yiannopoulos posted comments on Facebook that said attacks like the New Zealand massacre happen because of the government’s immigration policy

Cameron countered that the “terrorist attack in Christchurch was carried out on Muslims peacefully practising their religion”.

“It was an act of pure evil,” he said.

Mourners pay their respects at a makeshift memorial near the Al Noor mosque, Christchurch, New Zealand, where one of the two mass shootings occurred. – AP