Famous Japanese street performer Mr. Wally was stopped by the police from performing in a Mong Kok pedestrian zone on Saturday night.
Mr. Wally, who is famous for dressing up like the British comic character in Where’s Wally? is visiting Hong Kong a second time. He made his first trip in 2015, Apple Daily reports.
In a Facebook post, Wally said he was stopped by the police from performing in Mong Kok because he is not a local. He said he was threatened with arrest.
Wally said he tried to explain that he has a working holiday visa and could work in Hong Kong without any issues but was told he needed a Hong Kong ID in order to do any work.
He expressed his regrets at the events, saying he has had quite a good relationship with shops in the area and never received any complaints.
He added that Mong Kok is a great place to make a living as everything in Hong Kong is expensive. “Without a place like Mong Kok it’s not possible to stay in Hong Kong,” he wrote.
Wally’s working holiday visa expires on Sept. 19, 2018. He said he is not giving up.
“No matter how difficult it gets, I will still continue down this path. I believe people would come and support me if they like my music,” he said. “I would also try to find new venues to perform in.”
He said he is hoping that someone would offer him a performance contract.
Wally is next scheduled to perform near the Central Ferris Wheel on Sept.30.
Meanwhile, the police said they had followed the correct procedures in handling Wally, adding he could be prosecuted if there are complaints about noise.
They denied saying Wally could not work in Hong Kong because he has no Hong Kong ID and that they only talked to him through a fried about noise in the area.
According to the Immigration Department, all holders of working holiday visas do not have to apply for a Hong Kong ID within 180 days.
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