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Fraser Anning uses UK rapper in 'African gangs' anti-immigration meme

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Social media has lit up after Fraser Anning used a UK rapper in a meme.

Senator Fraser Anning has used the image of a UK rapper in a meme critical of immigration to Australia. 

On Wednesday, Senator Anning posted the meme on his social media channels purporting to show "third world criminals" running amok.

The post was shared on Wednesday.
The post was shared on Wednesday.
Twitter

It called for an "immigration crackdown" to "save Australia before it's too late".

But one of the photos in the composite featured UK rapper Swift of Smoke Boys (formerly Section Boyz) superimposed over an image of the November 2018 Bourke Street terror attack.

What appears to be the original image.
What appears to be the original image.
deanmartindale.com

The photo appears to originate from Dean Martindale, who photographed Swift for Notion Magazine.

Later Wednesday, the meme was shared again without the rapper's photo.

It's not the first time an error like this has been made. The Daily Mail mistakenly used a photo of Section Boyz in a story about Apex gang violence in 2017, according to the ABC's Media Watch.

"How they doing this again," the Smoke Boys Twitter account said on Wednesday.

The posts came one day after Senator Anning insisted he won't repay his taxpayer-funded travel to several far-right events.

The combined cost tallies up to nearly $10,000.

Senator Anning's presence at Saturday's rally at Melbourne's St Kilda beach, organised by ultra-national group The United Patriots Front, attracted criticism from politicians across the political divide.

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