The blogger, listed within the indictment by his surname Qiu, was charged beneath a newly added provision to China’s felony legislation that bans the “defamation of martyrs and heroes” and got here into impact Monday.
Qiu had greater than 2.5 million followers on the Twitter-like platform Weibo beneath the pseudonym “Crayon Ball”.
He was initially detained February 19 on suspicion of “choosing quarrels and inflicting bother”, a catch-all cost typically levelled in opposition to dissidents.
He “severely harmed the dignity of the nationwide border garrison and the troopers’ picture, and harmed the widespread pursuits of society,” learn the indictment from prosecutors within the japanese Chinese metropolis of Nanjing, Jiangsu province.
If convicted, Qiu faces as much as three years in jail.
Last month, China confirmed for the primary time that 4 troopers had been “sacrificed” in a June brawl with Indian forces, which triggered an outpouring of grief and patriotism in state media and on-line.
More than 20 Indian troopers died in the identical conflict within the Galwan Valley border space, a battle which China has repeatedly alleged India began.
Crayon Ball wrote final month that, because the lifeless troopers had been honoured as “rescuers”, “there have been extra who weren’t saved, so there weren’t solely 4 lifeless”.
“This is why India dared to announce the names and reason for demise of their casualties first. In India’s view, they gained at much less price,” he wrote.
His account has since been deleted. The hashtag “Crayon Ball has been arrested” had been seen 360 million instances on Weibo by late Monday.
Since final month, China has arrested at the least six for allegedly defaming the lifeless troopers in on-line feedback, highlighting the political sensitivity of the border conflict.
Beijing handed a legislation in 2018 that made a civil offence of “defamation of martyrs and heroes”, together with war-time heroes idolised in Communist Party historical past in addition to modern-day figures akin to fallen firefighters and troopers.
The new modification makes it a felony offence.
Another 19-year-old Chinese citizen dwelling abroad is beneath investigation by police within the southwestern metropolis of Chongqing for making defamatory remarks concerning the lifeless troopers on Weibo.
Police stated final month the person was beneath “on-line pursuit” and can be detained, with out giving specifics of how they might attain him.