Nobel Peace Prize laureate dedicates award to Tiananmen Square victims
Updated 5:50 p.m.
Jailed Chinese human rights activist Xiaobo Liu has apparently now received word that he has won this year's Nobel Peace Prize, according to an e-mail that his wife Liu Xia, sent to the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet on Sunday.
The newspaper reports that Xiaobo Liu cried when he heard the news and dedicated the prize to those that were killed in the 1989 massacre at Tiananmen Square, where he had also been present.
AFP reports that right after the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced Liu Xiaobo as the Peace Prize winner on Friday in Oslo, Liu Xia told AFP that police were planning to take her to the prison in northeast China, so that she could tell her husband about the award. However, after that, her cell phone had been turned off, and her husband's lawyers had not been able to contact her since she went into police custody on Friday evening.
Xiaobo Liu is serving an 11-year sentence in prison for speaking out against the Chinese government. He co-authored a charter calling for expanded freedoms in his country and was arrested shortly before its release.
News of the decision to award the prize to Xiaobo Lui has infuriated China, where key words like "Nobel Peace Prize" and "Liu Xiaobo" yield no results when entered into major search engines there.
"As expected, Chinese officials have pulled out all the stops to prevent citizens from learning that the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Liu Xiaobo," the Chinese Human Rights Defenders said, adding, "officials ordered managers at China's four main domestic Internet portals Ten Cent, Sina, Sohum, and Net Ease to remove pages dedicated to the 2010 Nobel Prizes."
After the prize announcement, China has also detained some of Liu Xiaobo's supporters.
The Peace Prize is the only Nobel Prize that is not awarded in Stockholm. At the time of the Swedish founder Alfred Nobel's death Sweden and Norway were in a political union, and he wanted one of the prizes to be awarded in the other half of the union.