Australian man who insulted Chinese President Xi Jinping says police told him he will be charged

Drew Pavlou was filmed holding the sign that readF*** Xi Jinpingin Chinese on Saturday at the Eastwood Plaza. The signage quickly triggered an angry reaction from some shoppers, some of whom vented their frustration, according to footage of the incident on Pavlou’s Twitter account.

.The video shows angry people confronting him.

America has genocide,” according to subtitles in a video of the incident.

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Another man snatches the sign and throws it to the ground. One said he wasdisrespecting Chinese here.During the encounter, Pavlou tells the crowd he is non-violent.

He later tweeted that the New South Wales Police Force contacted him to inform him that detectives were investigating him and that he would likely be charged.

NSW Police want to charge me for holding a sign insulting Xi Jinping while campaigning in Sydney,” Lavlou wrote. “They won’t even tell me what I’m being charged with. I’m sick of attacks on free speech, Australia desperately needs a Bill of Rights to protect free expression.

He also tweeted about the Chinese government’s oppression of Uyghur Muslims who have been rounded up and detained in camps.

A spokesperson for the police force declined to confirm that Pavlou was being investigated but said they were investigating an alleged assault that occurred during a political protest at the Eastwood Plaza.

Following inquiries, investigators attended an Eastwood home and spoke with a 48-year-old man about 4.30pm today,” a police statement said. “He was issued a court attendance notice for Common Assault and is due to appear at Hornsby Local Court on Wednesday.

在推文中, Pavlou called threats of being charged anintimidation tactic.

Chinese President Xi Jinping attends a commendation ceremony for role models of the Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics at the Great Hall of the People , 星期五, 四月 8, 2022, 在北京. An Australian man provoked anger from supporters of Xi by holding a sign at a Sydney marker insulting the communist leader.

Chinese President Xi Jinping attends a commendation ceremony for role models of the Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics at the Great Hall of the People , 星期五, 四月 8, 2022, 在北京. An Australian man provoked anger from supporters of Xi by holding a sign at a Sydney marker insulting the communist leader. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

In a Facebook post, he said he was making a simple point.

I should be able to insult a dictator like Xi Jinping in my own country without being physically assaulted & 被攻击. Australia is a democracy and we should be free to insult any leader no matter how coarselythis is a simple principle of free speech,” 他写了. “No way would I have been surrounded by 50 people and physically assaulted if I held up a sign sayingF*** Scott Morrisonin Sydney. Why should Chinese ultra-nationalists get a free pass to assault people in Australia if someone insults Xi Jinping?”

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