Seven Chinese intellectuals hail Nobel peace laureate Liu
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Last Updated: Saturday, October 09, 2010, 18:32
  
Beijing: Seven Chinese intellectuals have signed an open letter congratulating Liu Xiaobo on winning the Nobel Peace Prize, calling him a standard-bearer for non-violence in China, one of them told a news agency on Saturday.

The awarding of the prize to the jailed dissident -- the co-author of a bold manifesto calling for political reform in communist-ruled China -- offers "hope and support for a peaceful transformation in China," the letter says.

Noting that Liu was honoured by the Norwegian Nobel committee yesterday for his "long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China," the intellectuals said that China "must avoid a violent revolution".

Among the signatories of the letter -- published on www.peacehall.com, an overseas-based website -- are environmental activist Dai Qing and liberal economist Mao Yushi.

"There are only seven signatories for the time being but I think others will join this appeal little by little," Dai said.

Liu was jailed for 11 years on subversion charges in December 2009 after the release of Charter 08, which has been widely circulated on the Internet and signed by more than 10,000 people since it was put online.

It calls for the protection of basic human rights and the reform of China's one-party system.

"On the question of political reform, the leaders must agree among themselves and take concrete steps to show they are sincere in their pledges to bring about peaceful change," the letter says.

"Liu Xiaobo is the standard-bearer for non-violence in China. He will make a positive contribution to the peaceful transformation of the country," it adds.

PTI


First Published: Saturday, October 09, 2010, 18:32


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