A travel blogger has triggered widespread public anger by allegedly insulting the martyrs of the June 2020 Galwan Valley clash on social media on Sunday.
The Toutiao user, who goes by the name of Xiaoxian Jayson, posted selfies standing at the base of the tombstone while leaning on it. In another selfie, he is seen resting his left hand on the tombstone, while making a gesture of pointing a gun at the tomb.
这条微博在引起网友极大愤怒的同时，也引起了新疆维吾尔自治区人民检察院官方微博@新疆检察 的重视，其在官方微博上发文：无论初衷是什么，英烈不容亵渎。随后，@乌鲁木齐检察、@皮山检察 也相继回应。
“你知道吗？在戍边英雄墓碑前摆pose，丑！目前，新疆检察机关已对接文旅部门，建议将涉事者列入旅游黑名单。当地检察机关已联合军事检察机关赶赴在康西瓦烈士陵园，督促加强管理，防止再次发生亵渎英烈的行为。 后续还在进行中…… 保护英烈！新疆检察机关绝不含糊！”
Although Xiaoxian wrote "respect" as the caption, the procuratorate in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region was not impressed with his explanation, and asked its subordinate branch in Urumqi to tell the region's tourism departments to put Xiaoxian on a blacklist, while urging subordinate branches to take action against the offender.
On its Weibo account on Sunday, the Xinjiang regional procuratorate said it had noticed the incident, and added that "no matter what the intention, heroes and martyrs must not be treated with disrespect".
It said it had contacted the tourism department and suggested putting the blogger on a travel blacklist. Local and military prosecutors rushed to the cemetery to demand the strengthening of management to prevent the recurrence of such incidents.
The Pishan county procuratorate said later that the blogger's behavior was suspected of tarnishing the reputation and honor of heroes and martyrs, and urged the Pishan public security bureau to open a case.
By Sunday afternoon, Toutiao had permanently blocked his account. "Toutiao will continue to crack down on inappropriate content and has zero tolerance for those who do not respect martyrs. We hope that creators can strictly abide by the rules of the platform," the platform announced in a statement.
A post on China Police Online, the Ministry of Public Security's Weibo micro blog account, on Monday said the blogger's behavior was suspected of tarnishing the reputation and honor of heroes and martyrs.