Saturday 18 November 2017

Crackdown in China ahead of Nobel Prize

Ben Blanchard

China is conducting a sweeping crackdown on dissent before tomorrow's awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to jailed dissident Liu Xiaobo, casting the net wide to prevent friends and family attending the ceremony in Oslo.

Mr Liu is serving an 11-year jail term for subversion. His wife Liu Xia is under house arrest. Even family members of little-known dissidents have been prevented from leaving China.

Meanwhile, in the frozen northern region of Inner Mongolia, police have detained the wife of one of China's longest-serving political prisoners, Hada, ahead of his expected release tomorrow.

About 150 Chinese pro-democracy activists living outside mainland China and several lawmakers from Hong Kong were due to travel to Oslo for the award ceremony.

This Reuters picture shows a girl playing outside a hovel at a residential area of migrant workers on the outskirts of Beijing yesterday.

Irish Independent

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