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China detains internet star for ‘disrespecting’ national anthem in 10-second segment

China detains internet star for ‘disrespecting’ national anthem in 10-second segment

On Oct. 7, Yang began a livestream video while playing the Chinese national anthem, “March of Volunteers” in the background.

Yang’s punishment is the most high-profile arrest yet for violating a new national anthem law issued by China last year.

“The national anthem is an embodiment and symbol of our country, and all citizens and organizations should respect and defend the honor of the anthem,” Shanghai police said on social media, the Washington Post reported.

Specifically addressing Yang’s behavior, the police said the livestream video star “was disrespectful to the dignity of the national anthem and invited disgust among netizens.”

According to the Post, the National Anthem Law was issued “after Hong Kong soccer fans booed and turned their backs at the national anthem when their squad played against China’s national team” last year.

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