China Snatches Woman in Middle of Night Over Tweet
She tweeted that she planned to march in support of Nobel winner Liu Xiabo
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 27, 2010 1:43 AM CDT
Updated Oct 27, 2010 6:00 AM CDT
Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo is serving 11 years in prison for co-authoring a document calling for democratic reforms in China.   (AP Photo/File)

(Newser) – A young Chinese woman who tweeted that she planned to march with a banner honoring imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiabo has been busted by police. Mou Yanxi was snatched from her house in the middle of the night as authorities stepped up a crackdown on Liu's friends and supporters. "Reminder for those who want to send messages—be cautious," a friend of Mou's tweeted. Mou later returned home but authorities confiscated her phone and computer, reports the Guardian.

Fifteen Nobel peace laureates, including Jimmy Carter and the Dalai Lama, yesterday called on world leaders in a letter to pressure China to free Liu, 54, and to raise the issue at next month's G20 summit in Seoul. "We oppose any attempt to make an issue of this, and we oppose anyone infringing on China's judicial sovereignty in any way," responded a spokesman for China's foreign ministry. The Communist Party's official China People's Daily announced earlier this week that it's "unquestionable that Chinese people have freedom of expression and press." Liu is serving 11 years for incitement to subvert state power for co-authoring a document calling for reforms.

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Oct 29, 2010 3:40 AM CDT
For all those who think this will never, ever happen in America: think again. You are not safe. Your freedoms are as fragile as the paper they were written on. The Chinese do not have such a radically different understanding of the freedoms of press and expression as we do. Our own MSM is rife with corruption by governmental and corporate influences. You go to a rally in America today, and your publicly available information is placed in a myriad of databases and lists. Your home will be raided, and god help you if they find a plastic jug full of your own urine. You think you can type the word "bomb" on your browser or mobile phone, and nobody will notice? It is to laugh. You don't have any more right to criticize our government than the Chinese do theirs. Whatever you've been instructed otherwise is nothing more than delusion.
Oct 28, 2010 12:14 PM CDT
Best believe our own police state is following every step of the Chinese method short of an arrest.
Oct 28, 2010 3:24 AM CDT
It's "unquestionable that Chinese people have freedom of expression and press." No. No it is not. Either they don't have any idea of what 'freedom of expression and press' means (I'm not ruling that out, it is China, after all) or they just get an odd thrill out of cognitive dissonance.