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Chinese Author, Artist, and Dissident Streaking in Stockholm, Sweden

Our Naked Declaration

December 10, 2013

Liao Yiwu and four others streaking in front of the Stockholm Concert Hall around 4:30 pm, local time, December 10, 2013, to call attention to the imprisonment of Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo and the plight of his wife Liu Xia, who has been under house arrest for four years, and Liu Xia's brother who has been sentenced to 11 years in jail on trumped up charges.

Liao Yiwu and four others streaking in front of the Stockholm Concert Hall around 4:30 pm, local time, December 10, 2013, to call attention to the imprisonment of Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo and the plight of his wife Liu Xia, who has been under house arrest for four years, and Liu Xia’s brother who has been sentenced to 11 years in jail on trumped up charges. http://www.lindskogforlag.se/nakenprotest.php

 

We have come to Sweden to run in the nude, because it was here where Mo Yan, a defender of censorship and a senior Communist cadre, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature last year.

With our act, we want to remind this forgetful world that there is a staunch denouncer of censorship, a witness of the Tian’anmen Massacre in 1989, a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, who was sentenced to eleven years in prison for his writings and views, and he is now behind bars in China. His name is Liu Xiaobo.

With our act, we want to remind this forgetful world an outstanding artist named Liu Xia. She has no particular interest in politics, but just because she is the wife of Liu Xiaobo, she has been placed under house arrest since her husband was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in October, 2010.

With our act, we want to remind this forgetful world that, in Beijing, the capital of China, there is an ordinary resident named Liu Hui, a man who is not politically inclined. But because he is the brother of Liu Xiaobo’s wife and he revealed bits of family information to the rest of the world, the Chinese authorities trumped up “financial charges” against him and sentenced him also to eleven years in prison.

With our act, we want to remind this forgetful world that the persecution against Liu Xiaobo and his family is still ongoing and has never relented, and Liu Xia is on the verge of a mental collapse. According to Chinese law, she should not be a prisoner just because her husband is a prisoner. She has to breathe free air to heal her trauma.

We have come here to run in the nude, because while such horrible persecution-by-association has been carried out, the Chinese Communist Party has mobilized its propaganda apparatus, now draped in the award from the Swedish Academy, to challenge the universal values of the human race as never before. Since the winter of 2012, well over a hundred Chinese citizens have become the newest prisoners of conscience and been locked up in jails across China, and 122 Tibetans have self-immolated in one last protest against the Chinese suppression.

In a world all too surreal, Liu Xia cried out, “Both Mo Yan and Liu Xiaobo are Nobel Laureates, why are they treated so differently?”

Liao Yiwu (廖亦武), author, former political prisoner;

Bei Ling (贝岭), poet, former editor of an underground magazine, deported from China in 2000;

Wang Yiliang (王一梁), author, former literary criminal;

Meng Huang (孟煌), artist, who mailed an empty chair to Liu Xiaobo in prison, and doesn’t know the whereabouts of the chair. In 2012 he again mailed an empty chair, this time to the Swedish Academy, hoping that Mo Yan would take the chair back to Liu Xiaobo. He didn’t get his wish;

Wang Juntao (王军涛), scholar, former political prisoner.

Related reading:

The Passing of Havel, the Passing of Me — speech on the opening ceremony of Book World Prague, by  Liao Yiwu

 

(Translation by ChinaChange.org)

 


8 Comments

  1. avromil says:

    There will be a free screening 7pm tonight (Dec 10) on life of Human Rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng (“Transcending Fear”) at 43 w. 24 St, in NYC. Dir. Wenjing Ma will be there for a Q&A after the screening. Avrom Miller

    Sent from my Galaxy S®III

  2. […] between the late Nobel laureate and Liu Xiaobo. On December 10, a group of (mostly exiled) Chinese dissidents and former political prisoners gathered in Stockholm, shed their clothes, and ran… caught up in China’s “challenge to the universal values of the human race.” From […]

  3. […] undersigned by Liao Yiwu (pictured above), Bei Ling, Wang Yiliang, Meng Huang, and Wang Juntao. As translated by China Change, the declaration […]

  4. […] (Read the whole declaration here.) […]

  5. Yaxue Cao says:

    Swedish national TV reports on Liao Yiwu, Bei Ling, Wang Yiliang, Meng Huang and Wang Juntao streaking. Liao Yiwu and another were able to avoid the pursuing police and made it to the front steps of the Stockholm Concert Hall where the Nobel Prize award ceremony was held. December 10, of course, was also the International Human Rights Day:

    http://www.expressen.se/tv/nyheter/nakenprotest-vid-konserthuset/

  6. […] The reality probably includes all of these answers. (And the solution may be to get naked and run in the street.) […]

  7. […] The reality probably includes all of these answers. (And the solution may be to get naked and run in the street.) […]

  8. […] (Read the whole declaration here.) […]

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