Hong Kong’s Kim Jong-un impersonator says he was arrested by ten police officers who raided his home last October upon suspicion that he was in possession of a firearm without a licence.

The lookalike, who also goes by the name “Howard,” said on Facebook that police told him a BB gun had been posted to his address in April 2020, though he never received it: “[T]hey said that particular BB gun had an energy output beyond what was legally allowed and therefore is considered in the same category as a real firearm.”

Photo: May James/HKFP.

Howard said on Wednesday that nothing was found during the raid last October 20, though police were aware of his public persona: “When I challenged them on the arrest on such ridiculous grounds, they had indicated that the order came from another department higher up and stated they were just doing their jobs.”

He added that the officers he spoke to had referred to his satirical appearances during the 2019 anti-extradition law protests.

The comedian, who has yet to be charged by the force, questioned the allocation of resources to his case. “It seems so ridiculous… to have up to 10 people to come and search my house for a BB gun… something doesn’t seem right,” he told HKFP. “I think the situation in Hong Kong for artists who criticise the Chinese Communist Party is they are making sure we are paying a price for our criticism.”

Howard was also a fixture during the 2014 Umbrella Movement protests and is often spotted at the Rugby Sevens event.

A local Kim Jong-un impersonator is spotted wielding an inflatable missile. Photo: Studio Incendo.

Police told him to report to a police station every six weeks. Howard said he attended with an inflatable rocket: “[I] arrived in character at the police station with my rocket to highlight the ridiculous grounds of my arrest.”

He told HKFP that he was annoyed at the legal costs and the fact police retained his phone, but he will continue his satirical work: “I will keep doing what I’ve been doing.”

HKFP has contacted the police for comment.

Additional reporting: Rhoda Kwan.

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