China: Nothing has changed
For the Chinese people and in the eyes of the world, China remains an iron clad intolerant regime that is unworthy of advancing prominence in the world. Sheer numbers make China a force with which to contend, though its progress on human rights deprives the people and the world much promise.
“Angry China Blocks Prize Celebration
Published: October 9, 2010
BEIJING — The banquet organized Friday night to celebrate the news that the jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo had won the Nobel Peace Prize was over before it began.
The police in Beijing on Friday broke up a banquet honoring the dissident Liu Xiaobo for winning the Nobel Peace Prize.
While the two dozen bloggers, rights lawyers and academics were arriving at the private room they had reserved at a Beijing restaurant shortly after the Norwegian Committee’s announcement, the police rushed in and briskly led the celebrators away, according to those who were there.
On Saturday evening, at least a half-dozen participants remained in custody.
As presidents, religious figures and rights advocates around the world praised the Nobel Committee and called on the Chinese government to release Mr. Liu, one of China’s most prominent dissidents, the Chinese government reacted with unrestrained ire.
They called in the Norwegian ambassador in Beijing for a dressing down, placed scores of dissidents under house arrest and angrily described the decision to honor Mr. Liu as “blasphemy” and an insult to the Chinese people.
Mr. Liu, 54, a former literature professor who has spent the past 20 years pressing for political reform in China, is serving an 11-year sentence for “inciting subversion of the stare,” based on his writings and a pro-democracy manifesto, Charter ’08, that he helped to draft. The document, which demands an end to single-party rule and calls for expanded liberties, gathered 10,000 signatures before government censors blocked its circulation on the Internet.”