Liu Xiaobo and Liu Xia

China’ most prominent dissident Liu Xiaobo was sentenced by the court to 11 years in jail on Christmas Day.

This is the fourth time he has been imprisoned because of his political position and his writings. He was researching in the US while the student democratic movement broke out in China in 1989. He rushed back to China and gave support to the students. He was jailed afterwards by the Chinese government.  

But that marked only the first sentencing he, as a dissident, received of a series to follow. Each time he was released, he kept on writing and speaking his mind about how to make China a better and democratic country, and each time he was sentenced to imprisonment or a labour camp.  

How Liu’s wife, Liu Xia, supports him is touching. She married him when he was in the labour camp. She sent him books when he was in prison so that he knew what her thoughts were and it was a way of communication between them, Liu Xia said. They also wrote poems to each other.

After the latest jail sentence was announced, Liu Xia told reporters in a clam voice: “If he (Liu Xiaobo) can persevere in the face of the ordeal, so can I.” Liu will be over 60 years old when he is released, she said.

She has had her head shaved. She is such a strong and steel-willed woman, just like her husband.

4 Replies to “Liu Xiaobo and Liu Xia”

  1. Thank you for the blog and your thoughts on this couple. It is very touching. Liu Xaiobo is very respected here in the US. Maybe one day the Chinese government will learn to incorporate more freedoms into Chinese life. Let’s hope it’s soon. Peace to you and your family. Thanks. – up

  2. my blog cannot be visited from mainland china? thanks for telling me. I don’t know my blog is so “provocative”.

  3. very sorry to heat that,and in mainland China ,many people also honor that student democratic movement, though the government check the internet by gfw strictly.
    besides ,your blog can’t be visited straightly in mainland China here. i use a vpn.

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