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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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jimmybabe
The report is classified as under Human Rights. It isn't. It is actually about human decency, basic civilized behaviour and stupidity.
hard times !
Our freedom of press was rudely disturbed by these rascal-typed plainclothes who/which are employed to monitor any visitors of Ms Liu Xia who has long been under house arrest for her husband is being jailed in Beijing.What was wrong of filming /taking photos of activist, Yeung Hong (the captain of Bo Diao boat) attempting to visit Liu Xia.The beating of our cameramen in broad daylight is a demonstration of no 'rule of law' in Mainland China and a violation of the Constitution of the PRC.When cops came to the scene, the culprits were not arrested.Instead, our reporters were brought to the police station for questioning.It is learnt that the management company of the housing estate where Liu Xia lives is owned by Hongkongers.What a shame indeed !
ianson
Two events are described in the report, the first being on the previous afternoon, involving a TVB crew who, presumably, took the picture.
Beijing constantly berates Hong Kong to be patriotic. The appropriate patriotic response to this sort of activity by the Party is a call for its downfall.
RobinDeCaro
Let us look at the picture of this report again:it says "TVB cameraman Tam Wing-man is attacked"......In this picture Tam could not control the camera and nearly knelt;this picture was definitely not taken by Tam.As said in this report,Now TV cameraman has also been beaten.This picture might be taken by him;if he has been beaten at the same time,this picture is taken by other journalists,probably not beaten at that moment;very probably not another person from TVB.According to other HK newspaper,the attackers aimed at professional cameras which are bulky.The incident is relatively less important as compared with NPC meeting which attracts thousands of reporters.So two bulky cameras from one TV station is unlikely. Sometimes we have to question the credibility of the press.
jayb
the report says reporters were attacked at about 10pm (evening), the picture shows a day time picture. please clarify.
newgalileo
Yes, very good question. I hope SCMP can clarify so it does not lose credibility.
RobinDeCaro
You have a keen mind.Common comments would in the first place be outburst of emotions.

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