A Chinese man has been sentenced to one year in prison for destroying a portrait of Genghis Khan by a court in the country’s Inner Mongolia region, sparking online debate on the use of laws to punish acts of “ethnic hatred”.
In a video that he shared online this May, the man surnamed Luo stood inside a yurt and stomped on a picture of legendary conqueror Genghis Khan, a public security bureau in the northern region announced Wednesday.
Luo was convicted this week of “inciting ethnic hatred and ethnic discrimination” and apologised before the local court for “harming public sentiment”.
Mongol Empire founder Genghis Khan remains a revered figure among many ethnic Mongols.
Ordos city authorities said several members of the public had reported the viral video to the police.