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Wife of Nobel Prize winner under house arrest

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Wife of Nobel Prize winner under house arrest


The wife of Nobel peace prize winner Liu Xiaobo, Liu Xia, has confirmed she is under house arrest and is unable to communicate with the outside world.

On Saturday she made the long journey to see her husband in prison to give him the good news, but on her return home she found her mobile phone disabled and police stationed outside to prevent visitors.

Liu Xiaobo was sentenced to 11 years jail in December for being one of the authors of “Charter 08”, which called for a democratic China.

Liu took part in the 1989 Tiananmen demonstrations, and had been in and out of prison until his December arrest. But what does Tiananmen mean to the current generation of Chinese youth?

“We know something happened on June the fourth, but not what it has to do with him. In school, we’re not taught about the incident, my friend only knows because a foreign teacher talked about it.”

“I think the authorities want to protect people’s wealth and secure social peace, so people don’t need to know much about problems like those on June the fourth,” were the reactions of two young Chinese women.

Liu told his wife to pass on his message from in prison that he accepted the Nobel prize in memory of Tiananmen’s “lost souls”.

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