Guangzhou netizen arrested for 'defaming Eighth Route Army Heroes'; Guangzhou police warns not to expand crackdown on 'online rumor mongers'
The Langya Mountain Five Warriors are said in Chinese textbooks as patriotic and brave Eighth Route Army soldiers who committed suicide by jumping off the cliff after fighting to the last bullets, stones and other tools they could reach against the Japanese invaders.
A netizen was detained by police of Yuexiu District, Guangzhou for “fabricating information, spreading rumors online and defaming Langyashan Five Heroes”. The man was punished with administrative detention, Dongfang Daily reported.
According to Yuexiu police, the Guangzhou netizen posted on early morning of August 27 on his Weibo microblog the following fabricated story:
The Langya Hill Five Heroes were actually rustic Eighth Route Army soldiers. After driven by Japanese Imperial Army to the region of Langya Mountain, they bullied and oppressed the local civilians, causing discontentment and resentment from the local villagers, who revealed their whereabouts to the Japanese and then told the five Eighth Route Army soldiers to run away into the impasse.
This story is completely contrary to the official orthodox, which sings high of the five Eighth Route Army soldiers as patriotic and brave warriors who committed suicide by jumping off the cliff after fighting to the last bullets, stones and other tools they could reach against the Japanese invaders.
The detention of the Guangzhou netizen comes during a continued campaign of China against "online rumor mongers".
The first high profile targets appear to be Yang Xiuyu (nickname Lierchaisi on Weibo) and Qin Zhihui (aka Qinhuohuo), who were arrested by Beijing police on August 20 for 'fabricating and spreading online rumors' about official corruption and 'defaming the image of Lei Feng’. The two claimed in microblog posts that Lei Feng was a fabricated model during Mao’s era and lived a luxury life compared to contemporary Chinese.
But the most dramatic and eye-catching event during the ongoing campaign is the arrest of Chinese-American Charles Xue (nickname Xue Manzi on Weibo) whose identity is verified on Weibo as venture capitalist and anti-child-trafficking advocate. Although Xue Manzi was implied by state media as Big V rumor monger, he was actually arrested on charges of soliciting prostitutes and involving in group sex parties.
If we say Charles Xue deserves the arrest since his butt is not completely clean, the detention of the Guangzhou netizen really blows chilling wind across China. Does it mean that we all can be arrested simply because we say something different from the official statement?
Anyway, even some guys of the Guangzhou Public Security Bureau frown over the move of the campaign against online rumor mongers.
The official Weibo of Guangzhou public security bureau posted a microblog on Saturday night, warning not to expand the campaign against online rumors:
Translation of the microblog:
[Rumors should be cracked down, but crackdown should be in accordance with law and any expanding of the crackdown should be prevented] Only when the consequence of disseminating rumors has caused panic among the masses, disturbed the normal work of governments and other organizations, or created confusion on the social order, the administrative punishment can be applied. The rumors that distort history facts, have not disturbed social order. Zichan (an ancient Chinese official in Spring and Autumn Period) did not destroy the school (where locals gathered to discuss politics). We should not expand the crackdown on rumors. If everyone keeps silent like a cicada in cold weather and only exchange their hatred with eyes, such society is obviously a nightmare!
Guangzhou police detained the netizen for distorting historical facts and then they posted Weibo warning against their own conducts?
Anyway, the self-contradiction seems to have vanished after the post was erased within hours.