Elderly anti-royalist armed with horse manure
An anti-royalist arrested before Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall arrived in downtown Auckland yesterday has admitted wanting to throw horse manure at the couple.
Castislav Sam Bracanov, 74, appeared at Auckland District Court this morning and pleaded not guilty to behaving in a manner that inferred that he was preparing to commit a crime.
He was granted bail under the condition he stay at least 500m away from the Prince and Duchess. He is due to re-appear in court later this month.
"I done the job, I was not successful, I will wait till next time," he shouted in court.
"Last time he tricked me with his son," he said referring to Prince Williams' visit.
The royal couple were about to arrive in the area when Bracanov was arrested. He said police were "rough" and the handcuffs caused bruising to his right hand.
He spent the night in the police cells ahead of his court appearance.
Outside court today, he said he was "sitting peacefully" and had a $2 bucket of horse manure with him when he was arrested.
His aim was to cover either the Duchess of Cornwall or Prince Charles with the manure.
"They qualify [for becoming royalty] with their body, not with the brain," he said. "You've got to respect what the brain produce. Body produce what is going to toilet. So I prepare a bucket of shit, so I would hit them."
Bracanov said respect had to be earned, not passed on.
"They got licence to steal money. Who pay when they come here? Us. Did they ask you and me for a dollar? No, they just come and take it," he said.
"They think we are sheep. I'm not a bloody sheep."
The Yugoslav immigrant has a history of anti-monarchy antics.
In 1994, Bracanov was convicted of disorderly behaviour after spraying air freshener as he rushed at Prince Charles who was on a royal walkabout at Auckland's Viaduct Basin.
A court heard that Bracanov came within two metres of the prince, raised his arm and sprayed the air freshener before he was jumped on by five or six police officers, the Evening Post reported.
After his arrest, Bracanov said he did not want to harm Prince Charles.
"What for? There is no need to approach him. I was only concerned for those people around him. Why should you smell such an awful dreadful smell.''
Prince Charles said in an interview with Radio New Zealand after the incident that these things occasionally happened to public figures.
"This man here in Auckland apparently shovelled manure on to the King of Spain's car. Apparently he wanted to spray me with air freshener. I haven't decided whether to take it as a compliment or not. These things occasionally happen. It's one of the risks you run.''
In 1988, Bracanov threw a bucketful of horse manure at a car carrying King Juan Carlos of Spain.
The manure hit the driver's and rear doors of a car carrying the King and Prime Minister David Lange.He was convicted of behaving in an disorderly manner.
Bracanov was also involved in another protest during the royal tour of 1985.
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