Swar­brick breaks up can­di­date fra­cas

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A may­oral can­di­date who yelled ’’Oooh, I can feel a brawl!’’ and ‘‘Al­lahu Ak­bar’’ dur­ing an Auck­land may­oral de­bate has de­fended his out­burst by say­ing he was ‘‘in­cred­i­bly drunk’’.

Adam Hol­land, the founder of Auck­land Le­galise Cannabis, com­man­deered the mi­cro­phone dur­ing the de­bate at the Auck­land Univer­sity Stu­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion bar Shad­ows on Tues­day night.

Ear­lier, David Hay, who had al­ready in­for­mally pulled out of the may­oral race, was abused by ri­val Alezix Heneti as he tried to make a speech.

Heneti yelled: ’’You pulled out! You don’t de­serve the right to be here!’’

She then tried to snatch the mi­cro­phone out of Hay’s hand.

Hol­land said that was when he started yelling: ‘‘to defuse the sit­u­a­tion to some de­gree’’.

‘‘I thought, this will be a good laugh to com­man­deer the mi­cro­phone and just start scream­ing some ut­ter non­sense,’’ the 25-yearold said.

Hol­land yelled: ‘‘There’s go­ing to be a brawl! Oooh, I can feel a brawl!’’ and ’’Al­lahu Ak­bar’’ - Ara­bic for ‘God is great’.

May­oral hope­ful Chloe Swar­brick got be­tween Hay and Heneti as they con­tin­ued to scream at each other.

Hay later posted a video of the fra­cas on­line.

Swar­brick said it was the odd­est de­bate she had taken part in dur­ing the cam­paign.

‘‘It was very in­ter­est­ing ... There was a lot of not nice, quite nasty be­hav­iour.’’

Mean­while, Hol­land took to Face­book to de­fend his ac­tions.

‘‘I, Adam John Hol­land, in no way en­dorse or pro­mote vi­o­lence. I was in­cred­i­bly drunk at the time and hon­estly, if the Auck­land Univer­sity Stu­dents As­so­ci­a­tion (drop­kicks), are of­fended - I don’t prob­a­bly did in­flame the sit­u­a­tion look­ing back but what can I do about it now?’’

He also wanted to set the record straight about his choice of out­fit, which had been re­ferred to as a ‘kaf­tan’.

‘‘My Is­lamic garb cost me $375 from a shop in Mt Roskill.’’

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Chloe Swar­brick said on Wednes­day that Hol­land’s ac­tions were ‘‘quite nasty’’.

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