Anti-royal protester defends actions
Tue, 27 Nov 2012 1:31p.m.
An anti-royal protester who allegedly planned to throw a bucket of horse manure over Prince Charles and his wife Camilla has vowed to go on a hunger strike if he's jailed.
Sam Bracanov pleaded not guilty when he appeared in Auckland District Court earlier this month to a charge of preparing to commit an assault on the royal couple.
The 76-year-old, who opted to represent himself, reappeared in the same court on Tuesday before Community Magistrate Jan Holmes.
During his brief appearance - to set a date for his hearing next year - he told the court: "I knew why I done it and everything."
"I'm not afraid to do what is right."
He also said taxpayers' money used to pay for the royals to tour New Zealand from November 10-16 should have been used to build homes.
Outside court he told media he planned to go on a hunger strike if he was sent to jail.
"What I believe is that if they come on an expensive trip, let them (the royals) bloody pay."
"I'm a human being. If you want my dollar, then ask."
Following his first court appearance on November 13, the day after he was arrested, he 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 ..."
He said he chose this form of protest because he opposed the idea of the Prince of Wales being born into privilege.
On Tuesday bail was continued on the condition that he stay at least 500m away from the royal couple.
His defended hearing is set down for May 20 in Auckland District Court.
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28/11/2012 10:52:29 a.m.
Set aside the fact that their royals and for arguments sake there just members of the public!
By buying some manure and mixing it up and taking it along with him in order to throw it one them shows "intent" to commit an offence of "assault"
If you don't like the royals then that's your right and there are peaceful means to protest but this is an act of violence of what he intended to do!
28/11/2012 3:36:12 a.m.
This is a free country and everyone has the right to hold their own views, and to protest views they dont or strongly disagree with.
I'm not a royalist myself, although I do think Betty Windsor does a lot of good around this world, and a lot of it out of the public eye and behind closed doors.
Where you fail is, you think that your right, not to agree with something,outweigh'sother peoples right to believe what they want to believe and to cross the line by choosing a more violent option.
You chose that option, and you knew what the consequences might be if you carried that out, so dont bleat about it,man up.
You appear to e one of those people that demand respect for themselves and for their own views, while showing none to others and their's
I dont think you should go to jail, it would be a total waste of time and money....but you made the choices and now the piper requires payment .
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