Here in Oslo, this week has been all about the Nobel Peace Prize. And China. All week, the city (and country) has focussed on Chinese history, politics and food.
Liu Xiaobo was not able to attend today’s ceremony in Oslo’s City Hall. The leader of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Thorbjørn Jagland, demanded the release of the Nobel laureate and placed the Nobel Medal in the empty chair set up to represent him.
Xiaobo is not the first Nobel Peace laureate not allowed to attend. Carl von Ossietzky, Andrej Sakharov, Lech Walesa and most recently Aung San Suu Kyi were all hindered by their respective governments. In most cases, though, their spouses were present to receive the prize on their behalf.
Photo by BlatantWorld.com/flickr’s Creative Commons
The Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony is followed by the customary Nobel Concert tomorrow, hosted by Anne Hathaway and Denzel Washington.
Nobel Concert photo by Vegardig/flickr’s Creative Commons