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Liu's wife kept from doing interviews: brother-in-law

October 13, 2010

Agence France-Presse (AFP)
October 8, 2010

BEIJING, Oct. 8 - The wife of Nobel peace
laureate Liu Xiaobo is being prevented from
giving interviews to the media, her brother said
in a statement Friday, expressing his joy at news of the award.

"The police are at the home of Liu's wife Liu Xia
and are preventing her from giving interviews,"
Liu Tong was quoted as saying in a statement
released by the Hong Kong-based Information
Centre for Human Rights and Democracy.

Repeated calls by AFP to Liu Xia rang busy. About
20 minutes ahead of the announcement, she told
AFP she had no news as to whether her husband would be honoured.

Liu, 54, was honoured for his "long and
non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights
in China", Norwegian Nobel Committee president Thorbjoern Jagland said.

The writer, who was previously jailed for his
involvement in the 1989 Tiananmen pro-democracy
protests, was sentenced in December to 11 more
years in prison for subversion -- a punishment
that earned international condemnation.

Liu was arrested in late 2008 after co-writing
Charter 08, a widely circulated petition that
called for political reform in the Communist-ruled nation.

At Liu Xia's home in western Beijing,
plainclothes security personnel removed
journalists from inside the compound gates,
demanding their identification and filming
members of the press pack at the scene.

Earlier in the day, up to six police guarded the
door to the apartment of Liu Xia, who was not
seen, an AFP correspondent witnessed.
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