Chinese React to Nobel Award
Chinese civil rights activists organized an online campaign to support the nomination of jailed AIDS activist Hu Jia to receive this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, while others supported the official line warning the Oslo-based committee not to “hurt the feelings of the Chinese people.”
While Beijing’s leaders will probably heave a sigh of relief following the announcement Friday that the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to former Finnish president and peace mediator Martti Ahtisaari, reaction online was more mixed.
“Very disappointed,” one prominent blogger commented on the live update service Twitter.
Another said, “I guess Hu Jia just wasn’t international enough.”
“Jinyan,” commented a third. “We should still congratulate you. Not even [Chinese President] Hu, the leader of the biggest mafia gang in the world, has had the honor of a nomination bestowed upon him.”