A disgruntled Chinese national was reportedly detained for nine days after sending a meme to a group chat that was deemed offensive to police.
The incident went gone viral and is now on Chinese social media.
The man, identified only by his surname Li, allegedly sent a meme on the Chinese social media platform WeChat, in a group exchange complaining about the country’s COVID-19 prevention and control measures.
Li sent a meme showing a dog in a police hat, holding a police badge and pointing at the camera.
The police launched an investigation into the chat group, which had more than 330 members.
After finding that Li was “dissatisfied with the community prevention measures,” police summoned Li to the station, where he was questioned and eventually “confessed to the illegal fact of insulting the police.”
Police said his actions had constituted the offense of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble,” and gave him nine days’ detention as punishment.