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Liu Xiaobo

2010 Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Liu Xiaobo is a writer, professor, and political dissident. In 2009, Liu was sentenced to 11 years for inciting subversion because of his involvement in writing Charter 08, a petition advocating political reform in China. Liu was awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize for “his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.” 

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Hong Kong journalists, activist beaten outside home of wife of dissident Liu Xiaobo

Campaigner also attacked and taken away after trying to visit wife of Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 09 March, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 09 March, 2013, 6:25am

Two Hong Kong journalists were beaten by unidentified men in Beijing yesterday while filming Hong Kong activist Yang Kuang's attempt to visit Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo's wife, who has been under extralegal house arrest for more than two years, the activist and journalists said.

Yang's whereabouts were unknown last night. A witness, a mainland activist who requested anonymity, said while Yang was waiting for a taxi shortly after 10pm a dozen men attacked him. He was taken away in a police car afterwards, the activist said.

Another activist, Hu Jia, posted on his microblog a picture he claimed to be the moment Yang was put in the police car.

A person who answered the phone at Yangfangdian police station, which detained Yang on Thursday night, said he was not there. Yang's mobile phone was switched off late last night. The Yuegezhuang police station near where Yang was picked up also denied he was there.

The Hong Kong government's Beijing office said it had not received a request for assistance from Yang.

Yang, known for his fight for recognition of the Diaoyu Islands as Chinese territory, tried to visit Liu after a failed attempt with three other mainland activists the day before. Yang, Liu Shasha, Zhou Ai and another supporter of Liu Xia stood outside her building on Thursday and shouted support through a loud hailer. They were later taken away by police and detained overnight at Yangfangdian police station.

Yang told the Post by phone yesterday afternoon that security guards at Liu Xia's residence refused to let him in after he registered at the gate and then about a dozen men came out of the compound to push away Yang and a group of Hong Kong journalists.

The unidentified men pushed Yang, before turning around to hit TVB cameraman Tam Wing-man and Now TV cameraman Wong Kim-fai, Yang said.

Tam said he was punched in the face, then pushed to the ground before five or six men trampled on him. Wong said they pulled him and tried to snatch his camera, before hitting him in the head. He said his camera was damaged during the scuffle.

After the beatings, the men continued to push the group of Hong Kong journalists away and yelled abuse at them, attracting the attention of bystanders.

Liu Xia has been confined to her home since shortly after her imprisoned writer husband won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010.

The Hong Kong government said it was highly concerned about the journalists being beaten and would look into it.

Additional reporting by Dennis Chong


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A few ex-colonial trash of HK trying to champion the course of Western democracy in Great China. This is an unacceptable act and switch action must be taken to weed out this kind of activities aim to undermine the stability of China.
@Soonslang.teo.1!!! You are deviating from the issue, which is how the reporters are being treated and the police are not doing anything about it!!! Are you part of the propaganda organ? As far as trash, please look at the mirror yourself!!!
That's fascist Bullsh_t... I suppose you prefer thousands of years of serfdom, Asian style?
the sun also rises
As a nation which claimed to rule by law (the Constitution of the PRC) and not even 'rule of law' as in Hong Kong, I wonder why the wife of a jailer,Ms Liu Xia has been under house arrest for so long even though she hasn't committed any offences/crimes----just being the wife of a dissident/activitst ? Is our mother country---China---a civilized country that deserves respect from people around the world and all Chinese living elsewhere outside Mainland China or here in Hong Kong ? Definitely not ! Our cameramen who were beaten by unknown nasty guys(plainclothes cops indeed) outside Liu Xia's home is a shame to the authorities in Beijing during the two imporant meetings as this news will soon spread all over the world-----demonstrating how barbaric our government in China still remain---though they rose from revolting peasants in the last century !
This is the confucius tradition, mass confusion!!!
Why can't Hong Kong reporters stick to investigating Hong Kong's problems and mismanagement? There are plenty of opportunities for good stories on local government failures and Hong Kong imperfections.
Some of these Hong Kong journalists' unhealthy obsession for interfering in internal Mainland affairs and their provocative actions by visiting and filming activists, suggests a hidden agenda.
We all know that China, just like the USA and many other nations, locks up people who their governments consider a threat to the State. There are still many detainees locked up in Guantanamo Bay as well as other secret jails. US servicemen Bradley Manning, a prisoner of conscience, has been locked in solitary confinement for nine months without trial (until very recently) for "stealing state secrets" and often kept naked without even a pillow in his brightly lit cell. This has been categorized as torture, and a violation of the Geneva Convention by Amnesty. On the other hand the wife of Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, who is detained under house-arrest, has enjoyed the comfort of her own home. Get Real!
That is why usa and china are doomed
You saw HK journalists being beaten and kicked by mainland security thugs for doing their jobs, and this is all you can say? You can't possibly be a Hongkonger, so what are you? A paid Communist blogger?
Don't be so naive. Journalist must obey the law too. They are not above the law and if they breach security and warned then the next course of action is physical force.
These Journalist asked for it.
So gullible. Security is also doing their jobs.
Paparazzi style Journalism is just another type of thuggery. Or didn't that thought occur to you?




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