Chinese YouTube star's rendition of national anthem lands her in jail

Chinese live-streaming star locked up for singing national anthem in ‘disrespectful’ wayMore

Ms Yang Kaili, who has 44 million followers on a social media platform, "insulted" the national anthem while broadcasting on Oct 7, police in Shanghai's Jingan district said in a social media post on Saturday (Oct 13), reported the South China Morning Post.

Yang Kaili posted a video of her humming marching music before reciting the first line of the national anthem while waving her hands as if conducting an orchestra.

Hong Kong - In America, the refusal by some NFL players to stand for the national anthem touched off a roiling, year-long national debate about racial injustice, patriotism and freedom of expression.

Ms Yang's detention comes as moves are being made to implement legislation in Hong Kong and Macau to prevent disrespect towards the national anthem and Chinese flag following incidents at soccer matches where fans booed the anthem ahead of worldwide fixtures.

But it was enough to have violated China's new national anthem law that prohibits playing or singing the "March of the Volunteers" in a "distorted or disrespectful way in public," police said.

Huya subsequently blocked Yang's live-stream channel, froze her account and removed her videos. Those who insult the anthem can be detained for 15 days without trial.

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The woman, Yang Kaili, was detained by authorities in Shanghai on Saturday (Oct 13) for violating a national anthem law that was enacted previous year.

'The national anthem is a symbol of the country.

The decision to jail Ms Yang has drawn both praise and criticism from users on Weibo, a Twitter-like platform.

Yang's mistake didn't amount to denigrating any martyrs in the Communist Party pantheon, but she nonetheless issued a profuse apology for the "stupid mistake" of hurting "the motherland, the fans, and the platform". "I will carry out self-rectification, deeply reflect upon and fully accept ideological, political, and patriotic education, and diligently study the National Anthem Law of China and relevant regulations", she promised. "The anthem is sacred and my behaviour hurt everyone's feelings", she said. "Huya respects the anthem and firmly protects its dignity", wrote the company in a statement. "It also added that Yang lacks awareness of the 'law and social responsibility".

A 21-year-old live-streaming star has been detained for five days for singing part of the Chinese national anthem in a "disrespectful" way while broadcasting. Meanwhile, TikTok, another popular Chinese live-streaming site has also deleted all of her videos.

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