As the unified Korean women’s workforce took to the ice for its game towards Japan, a person who recognized himself solely as Howard walked in entrance of the North Korean cheer squad and waved on the crowd.
He additionally waved what seemed to be a flag depicting a unified Korean peninsula.
South Korean counter-terrorism officials escorted him away to a close-by seat, studies Reuters.
Vincent Bevins, a correspondent who writes for The Washington Post, shared footage of the incident to Twitter.
According to Bevins, who was on the scene, native police then took Howard to a close-by hallway the place he protested his innocence.
“I simply wish to see the sport, so what’s the issue?” he’s heard asking in one other video that Bevins shared under.
Officials then took Howard into a close-by workplace for questioning.
He was launched a brief interval later and was reportedly “politely asked” to depart the ice hockey stadium:
“My face is too political,” Howard advised Reuters in an obvious, and sure mischievous, effort to minimize his resemblance to the North Korean despot. “I used to be born with this face, I’ve received to reside with it.”
The International Olympic Committee Charter prohibits “the Games from being used as a platform for protests, demonstrations or the promotion of political, non secular or racial propaganda.”
Howard missed the conclusion of the hockey recreation, which led to a 4-1 victory for Japan. He’s believed to be the identical Kim Jong Un lookalike who showed up to Friday’s opening ceremony alongside a doppelgänger of U.S. President Donald Trump. Security employees additionally ended up escorting them out.