It goes on to quote Queensland law, which describes a criminal organisation as a group of three or more persons who engage in serious criminal activity and who “by their association, represent an unacceptable risk to the safety, welfare or order of the community.”
Lawyer Mark Tarrant said his client was assaulted by more than one person on more than one occasion during a rally in support of protesters on campus, and that those people appeared to be acting at the direction of or with the support of a Chinese government official in Australia.
The day after the protest the Chinese Consulate-General in Brisbane published a statement on its official website praising “patriotic students for counter-protests against separatists.”
The statement said a “small number of people with ulterior motives carried out anti-China separatists activities at the University of Queensland.”
Mr Pavlou was named in The Global Times, which is owned by the Chinese Communist Party, as an “Australian national” and one of the protest organisers.
Mr Tarrant has also provided police with video showing an individual refusing to provide Queensland University security with student ID after he was caught defacing a wall of placard in support of the Hong Kong protests.
Days after the protest the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Marise Payne, said the right to free speech and to peaceful and lawful protest is protected in Australia, including on contentious and sensitive issues. “The Australian government expects all foreign diplomatic representatives to respect these rights,” she said.
“The government would be particularly concerned if any foreign diplomatic mission were to act in ways that could undermine such rights, including by encouraging disruptive or potentially violent behaviour.”
Mr Tarrant writes Mr Pavlou continued to be the subject to death threats and harassment on campus and via social media by people who had either been directed by Chinese officials, or given a “green light” by them.
Mr Pavlou, who was recently elected to the University of Queensland’s senate, claims the university has failed to offer him any support or protection.
In a statement the university said it recommended Mr Pavlou refer his concerns to police.
A spokeswoman for the Queensland Attorney-General referred the Herald and The Age to Queensland Police. A spokesman for the police said information it had received was being assessed. The Chinese Embassy has been contacted for comment.