China - Press freedom activist Liu Xiaobo manhandled by Beijing police



    MONTREAL, June 4 /CNW Telbec/ - Reporters Without Borders strongly
condemns the way police officers manhandled, detained and threatened writer
and press freedom activist Liu Xiaobo this evening as he was leaving his
Beijing home with his wife, Liu Xia, to go and have dinner at someone else's
home.
    The police grabbed him by the head, neck and arm, led him away and held
him for several hours. They finally escorted him back to his home and told him
he could not go out.
    The press freedom organisation stresses its support for Liu, who in 2004
was awarded the Reporters Without Borders - Fondation de France prize for
defending freedom.
    "The behaviour of these police officers on the anniversary of the
Tiananmen Square massacre shows that, 19 years later, the authorities continue
to crack down on those who campaign peacefully for the rehabilitation of the
victims of the events of 4 June 1989," Reporters Without Borders said.
    Liu is a leading human rights figure. His writings include an essay
condemning the frequent use of subversion charges - which are brought against
many cyber-dissidents - as a "legal aberration."
    Liu spent two years in prison after publicly defending the June 1989
pro-democracy movement. He was sentenced to another three years of reeducation
through work in 1996 for questioning the Communist Party's monopoly of party
political activity.




For further information:

For further information: Katherine Borlongan, secretary general,
Reporters Without Borders, (514) 521-4111, Cell: (514) 258-4208, Fax: (514)
521-7771, rsfcanada@rsf.org

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