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China charges blogger with insulting Korean War dead

BEIJING (AP) — A preferred determine on Chinese social media has been arrested on charges he insulted troopers who froze to demise throughout a Korean War battle.

Luo Changping referred to Chinese troopers generally known as the “Ice Sculpture Company” because the “Sand Sculpture Company,” or “Stupid Company” in web slang, on his Sina Weibo account.

Luo’s case was handed to prosecutors in his southern hometown of Sanya in January, state TV reported Saturday. It gave no indication when he may stand trial.

The “Ice Sculpture Company” had been troopers who froze to demise throughout a battle with U.S.-led United Nations forces at Chosin Reservoir in November and December 1950. Temperatures are estimated to have fallen as little as -40 C (-40 F).

Luo has some 2 million followers on-line, in line with China Central Television.

Luo is accused of “insulting and slandering” battle heroes, which is “blatant opposition to and trampling on core socialist values and patriotism,” CCTV stated on its web site.

It gave no particulars of attainable penalties, however different information stories cited the Law on the Protection of Heroes and Martyrs. The legislation permits for prosecution or lawsuits towards individuals accused of injuring the popularity of battle veterans however provides no particular penalties.



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