China orders 2 men to be detained for posing in Japan army uniforms
Beijing: Chinese police have ordered two men detained for 15 days after they posted pictures on the internet of themselves wearing Japanese World War II army uniforms at the site of one of the war's worst atrocities.
Nanjing police said the sentences were imposed following widespread outrage online, underscoring the enduring sensitivity among Chinese over Japan's invasion and occupation of much of the country in the 1930s and 1940s.
The men, aged 22 and 25, were ruled guilty on the broadly defined charge of "picking quarrels and provoking trouble" and sentenced to administrative detention, a punishment short of jailing for which no trial is required. "Individual actions of citizens should not challenge the dignity of the nation and its people," police said in a statement. "No behaviour in public settings or in cyberspace can cross the bottom line of the law." One of the two had been tracked to the southwestern province of Sichuan. The statement, dated Tuesday, didn't say how they were identified, although social media and government databases may have offered clues.
The police statement said the two travelled to Nanjing over the Lunar New Year holiday and the pictures were taken in front of a bunker used by Chinese defenders during the 1937 Japanese assault that ended in the notorious Rape of Nanking.
It said they distributed the photos on the popular QQ messaging service, from where they were reposted around the internet, stirring "extreme rage and severe condemnation." Pictures of the two with faces obscured were posted on websites. One wore an officer's uniform and carried a samurai sword, while the other wore puttees and carried what appeared to be a replica rifle.