China detains blogger for tweet on party meet
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Hundreds of Chinese Internet users are rallying around a Beijing blogger who has been detained by police after posting a joke on Twitter about the pivotal Communist Party congress.
Zhai Xiaobing's November 5 tweet suggested the next movie in the "Final Destination'' horror franchise would be about the Great Hall of the People collapsing on party delegates. The tweet said, "An earthshaking debut will be seen at the global premiere on Nov. 8!'' The week-long congress began November 8.
After Zhai's Twitter account fell silent for a few days, his friend Liu Yanping visited Miyun county in Beijing where his family members told Liu that Miyun county police had taken Zhai away on November 7 and seized his computer.
A Miyun county police officer said on Wednesday that Zhai was being investigated for "spreading terrorist information.'' The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years' imprisonment.
"I've consulted a few lawyers and I feel that it's clear his Twitter joke does not amount to spreading terrorist information,'' Liu said. "It's just preposterous.''