“A popular online star in China was ordered to spend five days in jail last week for violating the country’s new law against “disrespecting” its national anthem.
The punishment was issued against 20-year-old Yang Kaili for beginning a segment by waving her arms as an orchestra conductor while singing a few words of the song for roughly 10 seconds during a livestream video…
On Oct. 7, Yang began a livestream video while playing the Chinese national anthem, ‘March of Volunteers’ in the background. Once authorities got wind of the clip circulating to her millions of followers, the video was removed, Yang’s account was banned, and the young woman was taken into custody.
Yang’s punishment is the most high-profile arrest yet for violating a new national anthem law issued by China last year. Under the law, anyone caught singing the anthem in a ‘distorted or disrespectful way’ can be jailed for up to 15 days, according to the BBC.
Shanghai police issued a statement regarding Yang’s violation over the weekend.
‘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.
‘Live-streaming webcast is not lawless territory and users should obey the law and uphold moral standards,’ the statement continued. ‘The police will resolutely crack down on such behaviors that challenge the legal bottom line or public order and good social morals, in order to purify the Internet’s public sphere.'”