February 16, 2012
When Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010, an empty chair took his place on stage in Oslo. The guest of honor was serving an 11-year prison sentence for what the Chinese government deemed “incitement to subvert state power.”
“I hope that I will be the last victim in China’s long record of treating words as crimes,” Liu wrote in a statement he prepared for his 2009 sentencing. “Free expression is the base of human rights, the root of human nature and the mother of truth. To kill free speech is to insult human rights, to stifle human nature and to suppress truth.”
he’s still there, folks.
p.s. that IS a ukulele playing the rhythm. It can be as funky and as complicated as you want it to be.