From The Wall Street Journal.
54-year old Liu Xiaobo has been awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize, and China is furious. Mr. Liu, 54 years old, is the first Chinese dissident to be awarded the prize, although it did go to the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, in 1989, after the Chinese government crushed pro-democracy protests around Tiananmen Square.
Only two other peace laureates have received the prize while imprisoned by their own governments: Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, in 1991, and the German pacifist Carl von Ossietzky in 1935.
A former literature professor who played a prominent role in the 1989 protests, Mr. Liu was convicted of “subversion” in December, more than a year after his detention as lead author of Charter 08, a manifesto calling for free speech and multiparty elections. China denounced Liu as a criminal and says the award will harm relations between China and Norway. China has now blocked coverage of the award throughout its land.
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