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China accuses blogger of insulting Korean War dead

A popular Chinese social media personality has been arrested for making an insulting pun about Chinese soldiers who froze to death in a Korean War battle

BEIJING — A popular Chinese social media personality has been arrested for insulting soldiers who froze to death during a Korean War battle.

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

Luo’s case was handed over to prosecutors in his hometown of Sanya in the south of the country in January, state television reported on Saturday. He gave no indication when he might be tried.

The “Ice Sculpture Company” was made up of soldiers who froze to death during a battle with United Nations forces led by the United States at Chosin Reservoir in November and December 1950. Temperatures are estimated to have fallen as low as -40C (-40F).

Luo has some 2 million online subscribers, according to China Central Television.

Luo is accused of “insulting and slandering” war heroes, which is “blatant opposition and trampling on core socialist values ​​and patriotism”, CCTV said on its website.

He gave no details on possible penalties, but other reports cited the Heroes and Martyrs Protection Act. The law allows lawsuits or prosecutions against those accused of damaging the reputation of veterans, but provides no specific penalties.