Charter ’08 – Dreaming of Freedom
April 30, 2011 1 Comment
Comrade SquarePants: “Oh no! And now you’re having dreams too?”
‘SpongeBob Square Pants in China’
“During the award ceremony, Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann read out a statement that Mr Liu had made in court during his trial in December 2009.
“I, filled with optimism, look forward to the advent of a future, free China,” said the statement.
“For there is no force that can put an end to the human quest for freedom, and China will in the end become a nation ruled by law, where human rights reign supreme.”
Honouring the new laureate, Mr Jagland placed the Nobel diploma on the empty chair marking Mr Liu’s absence.
The Nobel chairman compared China’s anger at the award to the outcry over peace prizes awarded to other dissidents of their times, including South African archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
He said Mr Liu was dedicating his prize to “the lost souls from 4 June”, those who died in the pro-democracy protests on that date in Tiananmen Square in 1989.
“We can say (Mr) Liu reminds us of Nelson Mandela,” he said. The former South African president received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.”
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