China’s Lonely Heretic

The Australian profiles imprisoned dissident Liu Xiaobo:

Liu’s last interview before his arrest was with The Australian. “No matter how rich a society is, as long as it is ruled by a privileged class (that) gains its wealth from an unbalanced and opaque system, there will be strong discontent,” he said.

“And any defence of this group’s economic interests will evolve into a defence of its political rights.”

His determination to remain in China and to communicate through whatever channels remain open – from now on, probably none – as well as his good-humoured decency have made him an inspiration to other independent-minded spirits in the country.

[…] Fan Yafeng, a researcher at the Law Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, says: “Liu is a great example of a Chinese intellectual whose imprisonment, his purgatory, has given him added strength and underlined his status. Our intellectuals have had our backbones bent but Liu pulls us upright again.”

July 2, 2009 7:31 PM
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