Kim Jong-un Impersonator Appears at Hong Kong Protest as Anti-Government Demonstrations Restart

An impersonator of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made an appearance at a Hong Kong protest, on April 28, where two people were fined for breaching COVID-19 social distancing rules.

Demonstrators held up the old British flag of Hong Kong and sung a protest song inside the International Finance Centre mall before dozens of police officers arrived to break up the group.

Holding a fake rocket, an actor pretending to be Kim Jong-un waved for the cameras and put on a face mask. His appearance appeared to be timely with the supreme leader not having been seen for three weeks amidst rumours he was in poor medical condition.

“I decided to turn up and give the HK people some support whilst quashing rumours about my supposed death,” the actor posted to Facebook.

The Hong Kong-based impersonator, an Australian otherwise known as Howard X, has appeared at other world events such as the 2018 Winter Olympics and the summit between the real North Korean leader and US President Donald Trump in Singapore the same year.

Anti-government protests in Hong Kong have stalled since the outbreak of COVID-19, however organisers have recently signalled that they were willing to breach social distancing rules to restart demonstrations. Credit: SocREC via Storyful