January 8, 2010

SHOULD REALLY HAVE HAMMERED IT INTO THE DOOR:

Liu Xiaobo: Vaclav Havel confronts Chinese on sentencing of dissident: Former dissident and Czech president Vaclav Havel visited the Chinese Embassy in Prague this week in support of Liu Xiaobo, a Charter 08 author and democracy activist who received an 11-year prison sentence last month. Mr. Havel was a principal author of Charter 77, which targeted suppression in the Soviet East Bloc. (Robert Marquand, January 7, 2010, CS Monitor)


Czech dissident playwright-president Vaclav Havel, a principal author of East Europe’s Charter 77, rang the door bell at the Chinese Embassy in Prague this week to support another charter author, Liu Xiaobo. Mr. Liu, co-author of a manifesto called Charter 08 and a well-known democracy advocate, received an 11-year prison sentence on Christmas Day by Beijing authorities.

But after three rings, Mr. Havel had to “post” a protest letter to Chinese President Hu Jintao in an outdoor embassy mail slot.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 8, 2010 7:24 AM
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