Shanghai authorities have detained an artist for allegedly parodying President Xi Jinping, Sing Tao Daily reported Thursday.
The arrest of Dai Jiangyong on Wednesday by the municipal Public Security Bureau was confirmed by his lawyer.
Dai, a graduate of the Fine Arts College at Shanghai University, was charged with the crime of provocation, his family said.
Police impounded some of his personal belongings.
His lawyer cited the family as saying Dai may have been arrested for a sculpture at the Shanghai Urban Sculpture Center.
A picture he posted on social media showed a sculpture of a head resembling Xi’s, with a scrunched face, the report said.
Dai has become famous online for scrunching up his face when taking selfies, earning him the nickname “Paralysis Brother”.
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