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Chinese Arrest Peace Prize Winner’s Wife

From the Agence France-Presse:

Chinese Nobel laureate’s wife detained

by Robert Saiget Mon Oct 11, 2010

BEIJING (AFP) – … Via her Twitter account, Liu Xia said she had been placed under house arrest at her Beijing home both before and after travelling to the prison in northeastern China where her husband [Chinese Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo] is held to inform him of his prize.

"Brothers, I have returned home. On the eighth (of October) they placed me under house arrest. I don’t know when I will be able to see anyone," said the Sunday night Twitter posting.

"My mobile phone has been broken and I cannot call or receive calls. I saw Xiaobo and told him on the ninth at the prison that he won the prize. I will let you know more later. Everyone, please help me (re)tweet. Thanks," she said.

Liu Xiaobo’s wife was taken to the prison under police guard, his lawyers said at the weekend.

At least two dozen police, plainclothes officers and other security personnel were seen deployed Monday at the compound where Liu Xia lives, interrogating returning residents and preventing journalists from entering.

Calls to her mobile phone were met with a recording saying it was out of service.

Liu Xiaobo is the first Chinese citizen to win the Peace Prize issued by the Oslo-based Nobel committee and China immediately lashed out at the award, calling it "blasphemy", and labelling Liu a "criminal".

It also summoned the Norwegian ambassador to warn him it would damage relations.

Obviously, Mr. Liu is wrong about China being a repressive government.

Liu, a former university professor, helped negotiate the safe exit from Tiananmen Square of thousands of student demonstrators before military tanks crushed the six weeks of peaceful protests in the heart of Beijing.

He has spent much of the intervening period in jail, under house arrest or other restrictions yet continued to seek the release of those jailed due to the protests.

Liu dedicated the award to Tiananmen victims to honour their "non-violent spirit in giving their lives for peace, freedom, and democracy", Liu Xia was quoted as saying by Human Rights in China.

She said her husband was moved to tears as he discussed the subject, according to the group.

After Liu was awarded the prize, authorities arranged to take Liu Xia to the prison in Liaoning province where he is serving his sentence, rights activists said. They said she went to the prison on Saturday and returned on Sunday.

Roads to the prison were blocked by police Sunday, an AFP journalist saw, with only officials or residents allowed into a large area around the jail…

Lest we forget, the Chinese massacre of the students in Tiananmen Square occurred 21 years ago. Which means that Mr. Liu has been in prison for 21 years.

And our country cannot do one thing about China’s outrageous behavior, since we are now completely dependent upon their generosity. Thanks to our government’s out of control spending.

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