This is a case of bad timing for one Kim Jong Un impersonator.
Australian comedian Howard X alleges he was detained ‘for hours’ and questioned about his political views by Singaporean immigration after arriving in the early morning Friday at Changi International Airport.
He is known for impersonating North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and apparently was told that he came ‘at a sensitive time,’ with Singapore set to host the high stakes talks between the United States leader Donald Trump and North Korea.
“(They) asked me what my political views were and if I have been involved with protests in other countries,” he said, and that he was told to stay away from Sentosa Island and Shangri-La, two areas in the country that are designated as ‘special events areas’ for the summit.
“They said, ‘It’s the Trump-Kim summit, you’ve come at a very sensitive time.'”
Immigration and investigators to the comedian’s detainment and questioning have not released a statement on the matter yet.
The comedian was in Singapore late last month, going around dressed as Kim Jong Un at some of the city’s popular sites, like the Merlion and the Marina Bay Sands hotel.
He added that he is planning similar stunts as ‘political satire’ in the days leading to the summit, this time with Donald Trump impersonator Dennis Alan, but added they are not planning any protests.
Advocacy groups have criticized the Lion Nation’s stringent laws, which they say limits free and critical speech as well as peaceful assembly.
Protests in Singapore have to be pre-approved by the government and are only allowed at a designated downtown area called Speakers’ Corner, located within Hong Lim Park. Even then, only citizens and permanent residents of Singapore may demonstrate and air out their grievances.
Singapore however maintains that its laws and regulations are needed to maintain social order and harmony.