Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Chinese Author Liao Yiwu Awarded German Prize, Baidu Tieba and Sina Weibo Censor His Name


On October 16, 2012, the state-sponsored Global Times published an editorial entitled: "Shan Renping: Exiled Dissidents Should Leave Hatred Behind" (单仁平:海外异见者需有走出仇恨的精神力量). An excerpt:
Chinese dissident Liao Yiwu received the 2012 Peace Prize of the German Book Trade. In his speech during Sunday's award ceremony, Liao savaged China as an "inhumane empire with bloody hands." He also described China as "the source of global disasters" and an "ever-expanding garbage dump." In the end he cried out six times that "the empire must break apart."
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Germans probably think this award could exert some influence on China. But Chinese are used to Westerners using dissidents. Compared with the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo in 2010, the latest book award will barely draw any attention.
一位出走德国、名叫廖亦武的中国异见作家获德国图书和平奖,在14日的颁奖现场,他在正式发言中把中国称为“灭绝人性的血色帝国”,并称中国是“地球灾难的源头”和“无限扩张的垃圾场”。他最后连续6次高喊“这个帝国必须分裂”。
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德国人或许认为他们颁这个奖,可以影响中国点什么。他们过于自恋了,低估了中国人的判断力。对西方总拿异见人士当牌跟中国打,我们已经习惯了。两年前诺贝尔和平奖颁给刘晓波,中国人尚不以为然,德国图书和平奖在西方根本算不上大奖,中国社会更不在乎。
These screenshots, taken on October 21, show that searches for "Liao Yiwu" (廖亦武) on Sina Weibo and Baidu Tieba return no results, just censorship notices.

This screenshot, taken the same day, shows that a search for "Empire Break Apart" (帝国 分裂) on Sina Weibo also returns no results, just a censorship notice.



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