A young Queenslander who knows how to get attention has claimed credit for a phony North Korean disruption of the Coalition campaign.
Who is Drew Pavlou?
Drew Pavlou, 22, is running for Senate in Queensland, ostensibly to confront the Chinese Communist Party and any Australians who do not oppose its rule. In recent weeks, Pavlou has campaigned with other alliance candidates, largely outside of Queensland, claiming credit for a phony North Korean interruption of the
Pavlou once took an “F—- Xi Jinping” sign to a shopping center in a mainly Chinese section of Sydney, causing a scuffle with locals and garnering police attention. Pavlou and others once disrupted a campaign gathering for Liberal MP Gladys Liu by showering her with phony Chinese yuan while shouting about Hong Kong.
Pavlou was due to hold a free speech rally outside the Brisbane Chinese Consulate on Friday, but instead went to Melbourne to back a candidate.
A Kim Jong-un lookalike disrupted Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s campaign, claiming Liu had previously supported the Communist Party “and now she’s going to embrace the North Korean regime.”
“Excuse me, mate, you’re going to have to leave,” Prime Minister’s media adviser Nick Creevey said. “This is the most obnoxious thing I’ve ever seen on a campaign… this is a private business.”
“You don’t tell the Supreme Leader what to do,” the impostor, also known as Howard X, replied.
What was claimed by Drew Pavlou on Twitter?
On Twitter, Pavlou claimed credit for the act, describing himself as a “young larrikin” with over 43,000 followers (but no blue tick). “This election is way too dull.” MORE EXCITEMENT IS REQUIRED! I’m excited to hold a press conference with the Supreme Leader outside Gladys Liu’s office at 5.30 p.m.”
Pavlou rose to notoriety in 2019 after assisting in the organization of pro-Hong Kong independence rallies at the University of Queensland. He claimed he was assaulted by counter-protesters, but no charges were ever brought against him.
Pavlou was suspended for a semester on disciplinary difficulties as a result of the growing tensions with the university, which was already under fire for its Confucius Institute. Pavlou, a former member of the University of Queensland Senate, attempted to sue the university for defamation and breach of contract. The university is now attempting to put the matter to a close.
On Friday, the former philosophy student claimed that Queensland barrister Tony Morris, QC, would represent the impersonator if he was charged.
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