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Leading US authors demonstrate against jailing of Chinese writer

Posted by Author on January 4, 2010

Alison Flood, guardian.co.uk, Monday 4 January 2010 –

Acclaimed US authors including EL Doctorow, Don DeLillo and Edward Albee gathered on the steps of the New York Public Library on New Year’s Eve to protest against the imprisonment of Chinese writer and human rights activist Liu Xiaobo.

The authors called on China to release Liu, who was given an 11-year prison sentence on Christmas Day for “inciting subversion of state power” with his writing. “We want to express and explain our outrage, to commit ourselves to working for Liu’s release, and to urge all those in this country and around the world who care about free expression to join us,” said Kwame Anthony Appiah, author and president of PEN’s US branch.

The assembled writers stood in the snow to read aloud from the passages of Liu’s writing that were cited by the court in Beijing when condemning him to prison, as well as from poems he wrote to his wife during a previous three-year term of “re-education through labour” during the 1990s, calling his sentencing “shameful”.

Liu is the co-author of the Charter 08 campaign for political and human rights reform, in which he writes that “we should end the practice of viewing words as crimes”. A member of the Independent Chinese PEN Centre, he was arrested last December before the Charter was made public, and has been detained for the last year……. (more details from The Guardian)

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