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Yang Kaili detained for insulting Chinese national anthem

Beijing, Oct 15 (IENews) Chinese live-streaming celebrity Yang Kaili has been detained for five days for ‘insulting’ the country’s national anthem.

Yang Kaili, a 20-year-old with tens of millions of followers, had appeared on camera singing the anthem while flailing her arms around.

The live-streaming platform, Huya, had earlier taken down her video and banned her channel.

Yang, who is also known as Li Ge, has since publicly apologised.“I sincerely apologise for singing the national anthem in an unserious manner while broadcasting. What I did has hurt your feelings. I’m sorry. Sorry to the motherland, to the fans, to web users, and to the platform.”

The Shanghai Police Department said in a statement on Saturday that she had violated China’s National Anthem Law.”The national anthem is a symbol of the country, all citizens should respect and safeguard the National Anthem’s dignity,” it said.

Some internet users expressed anger at her apparent levity while the police statement described her behaviour as “an insult to the dignity of the national anthem which repelled internet users”.

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