November 7, 2010
Poet Liu Xiaobo — Nobel Peace Prize Winner
He is a poet and literary critic, the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner, and an advocate for human rights and freedom of expression. He is in prison in China, serving an 11-year sentence for “inciting subversion of state power.”
The Chinese government has reacted, not surprisingly, with anger to the award. They call it “blasphemy” and refer to Liu as a criminal.
Liu Xiaobo’s wife Liu Xia was finally permitted to visit her husband and tell him he had won the award. He dedicates it to the victims of the 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy movement demonstrators in Tiananmen Square.