China detains man for Twitter joke on party meet
BEIJING (AP) - 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.
Chinese authorities have been especially sensitive to any perceived dissent about the party meeting, which closed last week after ushering in a new generation of leaders. Ahead of the event, police sent activists out of Beijing and rounded up the hundreds of people who tried to draw the attention of central authorities to their grievances against local governments.
Mr Zhai Xiaobing's Nov 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 on Nov 8.