Police detain man for spreading Wuhan steel firm protest rumor online

Source:Global Times Published: 2016/10/24 0:13:40

Police in Wuhan, capital of Central China's Hubei Province said Sunday they have detained a man for uploading a video claiming that lay-offs from the local steel giant had sparked a protest.

A viral video, uploaded by the man surnamed Rong, showed hundreds of people gathered in a street with a subtitle saying employees from Wuhan Iron and Steel (Group) Corporation (WISC) held a "procession," Changjiang Daily reported.

Police said they detained Rong for five days, and they've concluded that his subtitle was misleading, local police said on its Sina Weibo account on Sunday.

Rong is an employee of a company affiliated with WISC, and police said he confessed posting an unconfirmed video that he saw online on his WeChat account to express his "dissatisfaction." In the post, he claimed he had witnessed the "procession."

However, police confirmed the "procession" in the video, which was taken in 2013, was the folk activity called Tuolaoye, a traditional custom in South China's Guangdong Province. The yearly custom asks the young to carry a man the villagers consider a "god" during the procession, which usually involves battles and ends with dragging the man to the temple.

WISC announced last month it had merged with another Chinese steel giant Baosteel Group to reduce overcapacity. The Wuhan-based Changjiang Daily reported in June that 5,000-6,000 employees of WISC would be retrenched to limit production to 1,000 tons per person.



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