Liu Xiaobo Photo Exhibtion: Professor to Prize to Prisoner

The Laogai Museum is featuring a special photo exhibition documenting the life of Dr. Liu Xiaobo (刘晓波) from his days as a professor, protester during the Tiananmen Square democratic movement, winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010, to his current imprisonment, for which he's serving an 11-year sentence. 

Here is a sampling of the images from his life. 

 

Student at Jilin University

In an undated photo, Liu Xiaobo (fourth from right), a student at the time, poses with classmates. While at school he started a poetry group called “The Innocent Hearts" 
(稚子心/zhi zi xin)
 

1989 Tiananmen Square Demonstrations

View of demonstrators gathered in Tiananmen Square where singer-composer Hou Dejian (center, white T-shirt with red lettering) speaks through a megaphone; also seen are literary critic Liu Xiaobo (bottom row second left, pale blue shirt and sunglasses, with cigarette in hand), and sociologist Zhou Duo (green jacket, framed by the arm of the man in red), Beijing, China, June 3, 1989. (Forrest M. Anderson/June 3, 1989)

 

Liu Xia: Liu Xiaobo's Wife

Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo and his wife Liu Xia (L) in an undated photo released by his family in October 2010. Mr. Liu was sentenced to 11 years in jail for subversion in 2009, and awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010. (Reuters)

Liu Xia, wife of 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, reacts emotionally to an unexpected visit by journalists at her home in Beijing, China. (AP)
 

2010 Nobel Peace Prize

The prize is placed on an empty chair to honor jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo. (AP)
 
A chair with the Nobel Peace Prize and diploma for Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo is seen during a ceremony honoring Liu at city hall in Oslo, Norway Friday Dec. 10, 2010. Liu, a democracy activist, is serving an 11-year prison sentence in China on subversion charges brought after he co-authored a bold call for sweeping changes to Beijing's one-party communist political system. At left is Nobel Committee chairman Thorbjorn Jagland. At right is committee member Kaci Kullman. (John McConnico/AP)

Norwegian actress Liv Ullman recited Liu Xiaobo’s text “I Have No Enemies,” as the Nobel Peace Prize committee looked on. Mr. Liu’s picture was on display throughout the ceremony.

Executive Director of the Laogai Research Foundation stands outside the Liu Xiaobo exhibit at the Nobel Peace Price Museum in Oslo, Norway. (LRF/February 16, 2016)
 

Liu Xiaobo Plaza

From student at Jilin University, to professor, protester, peace prizewinner and prisoner Liu Xiaobo has made it his life’s work to teach and advocate improved Chinese rights. (AFP)

 

A Senate bill has passed to rename the street the Chinese embassy is on from International Place to Liu Xiaobo Plaza.  Before the bill has reached the House, President Obama has already declared a veto decision. (LRF)

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