Chinese teacher arrested after posting racist comments on social media

An English teacher from China has been arrested on suspicion of inciting racial hatred against minority groups, according to the state-run news agency Xinhua. 

The teacher, surnamed Chen, is said to have shared racist comments about China’s ethnic minorities on social networking sites including Weibo, the country’s answer to Twitter.

He was also involved in a campaign to make it easier for people to get visas for Chinese to enter the United States, Xinhua said, adding that he had been arrested and charged with hate crimes. 

A source familiar with the case told CNN that Chen was arrested on Tuesday at a police station in Shanghai.

It was not immediately clear whether Chen had an attorney. 

CNN has not independently verified the report.

The case comes as Beijing’s government continues to face criticism over the influx of foreign workers, many of whom are from China.

China has faced a series of lawsuits and a growing number of protests against the country. 

Chen is one of several Chinese teachers who have been arrested in recent months, including the head of a Chinese school in Pennsylvania, who is accused of inciting to hate the state of Hainan province, according a court in Pennsylvania.