In the first whisper of a comment since he was awarded the Nobel Peace
Prize 48 hours earlier, imprisoned Chinese writer Liu Xiaobo sent word
through his wife Sunday that he would dedicate the award to activists
killed during 1989 pro-democracy demonstrations at
The writer’s wife, who has been held virtually
incommunicado for days by Chinese authorities, was able to talk briefly
with her husband at
wept at news of his award, and that she is now under house arrest.
“They were able to meet,” said U.S. activist
organization that says it is providing legal representation to the
couple. “He began crying as soon as he heard. He said he wanted to
dedicate the prize to the martyrs of
Liu, now 54, had been at
Few other details about Sunday’s meeting were
available because the writer’s wife, herself an activist, has been
under close watch by Chinese authorities, who escorted her back to the
couple’s home in
At one point, however, she was able to post a
comment on Twitter in which she hinted at the couple’s despair at their
simultaneous good fortune and immense tragedy. The Nobel Peace Prize is
arguably the most prestigious award in the world, in addition to
“Brothers and sisters, I just got back. I have been
under house arrest since and have no idea when I can see you all. My
cell phone is ruined so I am not able to pick up any phone calls,”
According to her posting, which was verified by a
friend, Liu Xiaobo had been informed Saturday afternoon that he’d won
the Nobel Peace Prize.
wears wire-rim glasses and her hair closely shaven. The couple married
in the 1990s when he was in political prison.
pressure,” said Yang Jianli, one of her legal representatives in a
statement released Sunday by Freedom Now. “We hope that world leaders
will immediately condemn this shameful act by the Chinese government
On Monday, the China Daily denounced Liu as a “criminal who violated Chinese law.”
“Like it or not, the Nobel Peace Prize broadens the suspicion that there is a Western plot to contain a rising
This is the third time the Nobel Peace Prize has
been awarded to a political prisoner. The most notable precedent came
in 1991, when it went to Burmese democracy leader
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