The Protester Who Threw Eggs At King Charles Isn’t Allowed To Carry Eggs In Public Unless He’s Coming From The Grocery Store
Two days ago, King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla were greeting crowds on a visit to York, when, suddenly, *whoosh* *whoosh* *whoosh* Three eggs were hurled in their direction, and splatted on the ground nearby. The culprit, 23-year-old student/eco-activist Patrick Thelwell managed to yell out,“This country was built on the blood of slaves!” and “Not my king!” before he was wrestled to the ground by bobbies and arrested. After spending 12 hours in a cell, Patrick was released on bail. He is facing a fine of £5,000 and up to six months behind bars.
Now Patrick is speaking about the incident to the media, including The Mirror and Dazed. He reveals that his “amusing” bail conditions include not being allowed within 500 meters of the King (easy) and not being allowed to carry eggs in public… unless he’s coming from the grocery store. Sorry, kids, Uncle Patty can’t run the annual Easter egg hunt this year; he’s banned from carrying eggs in public.
Patrick tells the Mirror that he did what he did as “a protest against the state of this country and the descent into fascism.” He says the British government is enacting fascist policies, particularly in their treatment of refugees, and the media is whipping up hatred. “Not the Mirror,” he kindly adds. Patrick says he doesn’t believe in kings or monarchies; he believes in the equality of all people. He thinks the UK needs to be abolished and its “assets given reparations to help the world and build resilience to the climate breakout that we have caused.” Patrick says the crowd’s violent reaction to the egg-throwing proves his point about the UK being fascist:
“After I was arrested the experience of that crowd, literally screaming and wailing with pure rage. Saying that my head should be on a spike, that I should be murdered on the spot.
“It doesn’t phase me because I understand what fascism is, what it looks like. People were ripping chunks of my hair out, they were spitting at me. People lost their minds. It’s just so revealing to see when you challenge someone’s beliefs in that way, the belief of the superiority of this man’s blood.”
The Mirror points out that Charles has been trying to raise awareness about climate change for decades, and Patrick replies:
“If that is what we take as someone who has done the most for climate change it shows you how low the bar is! This is a man who dresses in stolen jewels from India and Africa and every other colony.”
Ooo, get her, Patrick! He repeated the same sentiment to Dazed, saying that Charles’ reputation as an environmentalist is “laughable”:
If he was really an environmentalist and was concerned about helping the people of the world build resilience to climate breakdown, then he would renounce the throne and stand as one of us. You can’t have it both ways: jetting off in private jets around the world to make speeches about climate changes… it’s not exactly walking the walk.
Patrick says that the online response to his actions has been varied. He’s received death threats and messages of support from “Palestine, Jordan, Iran, indigenous people from Canada”:
That means a lot to me – it means more than outrage from gammon and monarchists who are happy to kneel before someone who was best friends with Jimmy Savile.
Patrick says his mother, a teacher, was initially concerned about his arrest, but is being pretty chill about the whole thing. Patrick explains this isn’t their “first rodeo,” as he’s been arrested five other times for his activism. He adds that he chose to throw eggs because they’re funny, he likes egg puns, and “there’s a proud tradition of egging royals.” See: THE QUEEN, New Zealand, 1986:
Patrick also did a video interview with YorkMix:
Oof. A punky little anarchist with a British accent? If I knew this guy in my early twenties, my life would be ruined. Ruined. Congratulations, Patrick. After Royal Egging Attempt ’22, you’re sexually set for life.
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