Foreigners detained over banned videos
China detained nine foreign tourists — five South Africans, three Britons and one Indian — for suspected ties to a “terror group” after authorities accused them of watching banned videos.
China’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that the nine were “criminally detained” — a term meaning the suspects have likely been charged and could be prosecuted — and that 11 others had been deported.
Law enforcement authorities in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region, where the group was detained, are in touch with diplomatic and consular officials from their countries.
The group was on a 47-day historical tour of the country when they were detained at an airport in the Inner Mongolian city of Erdos.