China’s most prominent dissident Liu Ziaobo has been jailed for 11 years after being convicted for ‘incitement to subvert state power’.
Liu, who turns 54 on Monday, is a veteran of the 1989 Tiananmen square pro-democracy protests.
Outside the Beijing court supporters gathered to show their solidarity for the main author of the Charter 08 manifesto, that calls for sweeping political reforms in China.
Western diplomats and journalists have condemned the trial as political after being barred from the court house.
Beijing has accused the outside world of meddling.
Liu was arrested last year, shortly after Charter 08’s publication. In addition to democracy, it demanded the end of one-party communist rule in China.