Ministry of Truth: Challenge to a Duel
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Guangdong Propaganda Department: Do not reprint, report, or comment on the incident of a ten-year-old girl in Hunan challenging the head of the Administration for Industry and Commerce to a fight. (November 27, 2012)
On November 19, 10-year-old Liu Minting was spotted in Lianyuan, Hunan holding a knife in one hand and a sign in the other [zh]. “You hurt my grandpa, I challenge you to a duel,” the sign read. Her grandfather, Liu Chunlin, was allegedly beaten by the vice-director of the local Administration for Industry and Commerce, Yan Huaizhong, on August 17, 2010. Mr. Liu has not received any compensation for his injuries.