Auckland: Anti-royalist planned horse manure protest

13 November: Anti-royal protester Sam Bracanov says he was planning to throw a bucket of horse manure over Prince Charles and his wife Camilla before he was arrested on Monday.

Bracanov, 76, pleaded not guilty when he appeared in Auckland District Court on Tuesday to a charge of preparing to commit an assault on the royal couple.

Speaking while he sat on an upturned rubbish bin outside court after his appearance, Bracanov told media of his unusual protest plan.

“I went to get a bag of horse manure for $2 and I make it liquid, like a porridge, and then arrummm,” he said, making a throwing motion with his arms. “I would have done it.”

He said he chose this form of protest because he opposed the idea of the Prince of Wales being born into privilege. “He didn’t qualify with his brain. He qualified with his body, and what body produce goes to toilet, so I would hit him with what goes to toilet.”

Bracanov also said he opposed the royal tour “because they’ve got licence to steal money”.

“Who pay when they come here? Us. Did they ask you and me for dollars? No.”

Bracanov also claimed the arresting officers were rough on him, pointing to bruises on his hand which he said were inflicted during his arrest.

He was granted bail at his court appearance on Tuesday on condition that he stay at least 500 metres away from the royal couple, a condition he says he’ll stick to during this visit.

“I’m not doing it again. There’s always next time. Next time I might be successful.”

Bracanov is due back in court on November 27.

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