Friday, December 10, 2010

On eve of Nobel ceremony, China cracks down and lashes out

The more China suppresses this year's Nobel peace Prize winner, the more the world is going to look at China's human rights record...
As Chinese officials intensified their denunciations of prize organizers, police summoned restaurant and bar owners to local police stations and warned against allowing large gatherings on Friday. Some lawyers, writers and academics have been stopped at airports and blocked from boarding their flights; others have been forcibly taken to the countryside. Known activists are under house arrest. And Thursday, several foreign media Web sites and television stations were blocked.
Today is Human Rights Day. This year's theme is on human rights defenders. What an apt choice, yet we seem so powerless to help Liu Xiaobo.

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