China Jails Man for Leaflets on Nobel Winner

Arrest marks harsh turn in crackdown on supporters of Liu
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 3, 2010 2:40 PM CDT
Hong Kong legislator Raymond Wong Yuk-man, right, and other protesters attend a demonstration as parliamentary debate is held in the Hong Kong Legislative Council, Nov. 3, 2010.   (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
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(Newser) – China has detained a man on suspicion of subversion, after catching him handing out fliers about imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, activists tell the AP. Guo Xianliang disappeared last week while on a business trip to Guangzhou. He had been passing out fliers in a park that read, “Liu Xiaobo, a Name to Be Proud Of,” the activists say.

Guo is a minor activist and blogger, and neither he nor his group have ever been in trouble before. “Most known activists celebrated Liu’s peace prize amongst themselves,” says one researcher. “Guo took it a step further by introducing Liu Xiaobo to the public.” The arrest marks the most serious action against Liu’s supporters, who have reported widespread police harassment since the dissident’s win.

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