Monday, November 8, 2010

China Activist Pledges to Attend Nobel Ceremony

Wall Street Journal
November 7, 2010

One of China's most prominent environmental activists has pledged to attend an award ceremony for Liu Xiaobo, the jailed Chinese dissident who won the Nobel Peace Prize last month, despite Beijing's intensifying efforts to keep his supporters—and Western ambassadors—away from the event.

Dai Qing, a 69-year-old former journalist who lives in Beijing but is visiting Canada, published a statement online saying she would attend the ceremony in Oslo next month if China did not release Mr. Liu or allow his wife or one of his friends to go on his behalf.

Mr Liu's wife, Liu Xia, has been under effective house arrest since he won the award, and she issued an open letter last month inviting 143 of her husband's friends to receive the prize on his behalf. Almost all of them have since either been detained or placed under house arrest or tight surveillance.