Chinese dissident and activist Hu Jia uploaded this video of activists breaking through the security cordon around jailed Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo’s wife Liu Xia, who has been under house arrest for over two years.
The men assigned to guard Liu Xia aren’t doing a particularly impressive job of it, given that the cordon was also breached earlier this month by reporters from the Associated Press.
Agence France-Presse via the SCMP:
The four-minute 12-second video, posted on Youtube, is shot in Liu Xia’s apartment building in Beijing and represents a brazen challenge to the authorities.
A security official is shown telling Hu Jia, who first came to prominence fighting for the rights of victims of an HIV scandal, and two other activists: ”Who are you looking for?”
Told they want to see Liu Xia, who has been held under house arrest since her husband won the peace prize in October 2010, he replies firmly: “No, no, that’s not possible.”
“Who are you to tell us it’s not possible?” comes the response, before the three push past him to force their way through to the staircase before climbing to her apartment.
Liu Xia appeared emotionally shaken by the visit and is seen asking the visitors to leave, apparently out of fear of retribution from the authorities who have ordered her house arrest.
“You have to go, or they will come and bring trouble,” she says at one point.
Mostly she whispers in the ear of one of the activists so that the camera will not pick up her words.
In between sobs and smiles, the three rights campaigners – Hu, Xu Youyu and Hao Jian – agree to leave after a brief stay.
“Let’s be quick, we have to leave before they come up,” says one.