Kim Jong-un impersonator Howard X says he was arrested on ‘firearm possession’ charge over BB gun

Howard X, a Hong Kong-born Kim Jong-un impersonator, says he believes his arrest is related to his political activism. Photos via Facebook/Howard X
Howard X, a Hong Kong-born Kim Jong-un impersonator, says he believes his arrest is related to his political activism. Photos via Facebook/Howard X

Hong Kong’s well-known Kim Jong-un impersonator, Howard X, said police raided his home and arrested him last October over a firearm possession charge.

Police explained that a BB gun with an energy output high enough to be classified as a real firearm was mailed to his home last April, and that authorities had a warrant to search his residence, Howard said in on Facebook Wednesday.

“However nothing was found and I was taken away for processing at the airport branch police station,” the North Korean dictator lookalike wrote, adding that he never actually received the gun in the post.

Howard, who showed his support for the city’s pro-democracy movement when he attended a 2019 anti-extradition march and a shopping mall protest at IFC last year, said he thinks the arrest was politically motivated.

“In my opinion this was an arbitrary arrest for my satirical critique of the CCP government in the years past,” the Hong Kong-born impersonator wrote.

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“As a professional impersonator of Kim Jong Un I often make use and own a number of replica BB guns, missiles and nuclear bombs for my performances and videos.”

Howard said he has not been charged, but that he is required to report to the police station every six weeks.

“Since I was made to report to the station back in December, I made sure that it was documented and arrived in character at the police station with my rocket to highlight the ridiculous grounds of my arrest.”

Born in Hong Kong, Howard X made one of his first high-profile appearances at the 2014 Occupy Central protests, when he posed next to a Lennon Wall in Admiralty and gave interviews to local and foreign media outlets.

When he and fellow Donald Trump impersonator visited the Vietnam city of Hanoi ahead of the US-North Korea summit in 2018, the Kim lookalike was deported on grounds that he had an “invalid” visa.

“The real reason is I was born with a face looking like Kim Jong Un, that’s the real crime,” he told reporters at the time.

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