24 April, 2014 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter





mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 01/02/2013 15:11
CHINA
Dissidents push through security, tape meeting with Liu Xiaobo's wife in Beijing
Ordinary Chinese are increasingly opposed to Communist repression. Four dissidents push their way into the house of Liu Xia, wife of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo. In the video, she looks emotionally shaken and scared.

Beijing (AsiaNews) - Four Chinese dissidents armed with a video camera defied Beijing's repression and beat police surveillance to meet Liu Xia, wife of jailed Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, 53.

Ms Liu has been under house arrest in her flat on the outskirts of Beijing since October 2010 in violation of Chinese law, penalised by the fact that the Oslo Nobel Committee recognised her husband for his work in favour of democracy in China and in co-authoring Charter 08, a manifesto that calls on the Chinese government to fight corruption and open up the economy and political life to greater popular participation.

Echoing Charter 77, co-authored by Vaclav Havel, Charter 08 was signed by tens of thousands of ordinary Chinese as well as dissidents, activists and intellectuals. Eventually Liu Xiaobo was arrested in 2009 and sentenced to 11 years to a tough prison in northern China.

After a long preparation, the four activists eluded police surveillance on 28 December. Taking advantage of the changing of guards, they were able to speak to Ms Liu for a few minutes and tape the encounter.

In the video, Ms Liu looks emotionally shaken and scared. "You have to go, or they will come and bring trouble," she says at one point, speaking mostly in whispers in the ear of one of the activists.

After a few minutes, the activists left. They are anti-AIDS activist Hu Jia, blogger Liu Di, historian Xu Youyu and dissident Hao Jian.

Hu Jia, who has spent three years in prison for "subversion", and Xu Youyu are among the first to have signed the pro-democracy charter.

"The video is all about fear and anxiety," Hu said. Liu Xia "has already lost a lot of hope. The authorities are making her fearful. She is afraid that her family will come under pressure.

In an open letter to Chinese authorities, 134 Nobel Prize winners have called for Liu Xiaobo's release and justice in China.

According to various analysts, the video illustrates a rising tide of dissatisfaction among Chinese towards the authorities.

The tape shows the group pushing past a security guard, forcing their way through to the staircase before climbing to her flat, an action that could land them in jail.

Despite such dangers, many Chinese are taking risks to defy the authorities in order to change the regime, broaden freedom and establish the rule of law.

Beginning last November, China's leadership is changing its make-up with a fifth generation of leaders taking over, led by Xi Jinping who will complete his takeover in March.


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
11/25/2010 CHINA
Arrests and control: only one activist in Oslo for Liu Xiaobo’s Nobel
10/12/2010 CHINA
After the Nobel to Liu, a retrial is a possibility
10/09/2010 CHINA - USA
Obama calls on China to release Liu “as soon as possible"
12/09/2011 CHINA
Nobel Laureates in support of Liu Xiaobo, imprisoned for 11 years
02/20/2014 CHINA
Beijing, Liu Xia hospitalized: friends say authorities have destroyed her health

Editor's choices
ITALY - ASIA
Easter, victory over death and impotence
by Bernardo Cervellera
SYRIA
I will miss you Fr Frans, you inspired us all, says Syrian Jesuit
by Tony Homsy*A young priest from the Society of Jesus remembers the life and work of Fr Frans van der Lugt, who was killed in Homs after he refused to abandon residents beleaguered by hunger and war. "He gave and continues to give everything for the Church, Syria, and peace. His story and qualities made him an exceptional missionary and witness to the Gospel." Reprinted courtesy of 'The Jesuit Post'.
FRANCE - IRAQ
Chaldean Patriarch on the uncertain future of eastern Christians, a bridge between the West and Islam
by Mar Louis Raphael I SakoThe wars in Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan have made things worse for their peoples, especially minorities. As Western policies have been a failure, fundamentalism has grown with the Arab Spring losing out to extremism. Muslim authorities have a role in protecting rights and religious freedom. The presence of Christians in the Middle East is crucial for Muslims.

Dossier
by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
by Lazzarotto Angelo S.
pp. 528
by Bernardo Cervellera
pp. 240
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.