Date
23 October 2017
The book Ups and Downs of Liu Xiaobo was distributed for free at the Hong Kong Book Fair. Photos: Ming Pao Daily, VJ Media
The book Ups and Downs of Liu Xiaobo was distributed for free at the Hong Kong Book Fair. Photos: Ming Pao Daily, VJ Media

Liu Xiaobo smeared in free book at HK book fair

Chinese human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo is portrayed as a promiscuous and unfilial man in a book distributed for free at the recent Hong Kong book fair.

Liu had group sex, swapped wives with friends, and had sexual relationships with female students, writers and journalists who admired him, according to the book whose Chinese title literally translates into Ups and Downs of Liu Xiaobo, Apple Daily reported on Thursday.

The book also said Liu once kicked his father in the stomach and called him an “old bastard”, saying he wished his father had died in the Cultural Revolution.

It also claimed Liu spearheaded the Charter 08 campaign for constitutional reform because the United States had promised to award him the Nobel Peace Prize.

Political commentator Johnny Lau said he was not surprised by such smear tactics being employed on perceived enemies of the ruling communist regime in Beijing. He also believes this may happen more often in the future.

The book with an original price of HK$168 (US$21.67) was being handed out for free at the week-long Hong Kong Book Fair which ended on Tuesday, the newspaper said, citing a VJ Media report.

It was published by Bo Hao, which was registered in Hong Kong in December last year and one of the exhibitors at the book fair. Staff at Bo Hao said they could not comment on the book.

Liu was sentenced to 11 years in prison in 2009 for inciting subversion of state power. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize the following year for his “long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China”.

Last month, US lawmakers announced a proposal to rename the section of road in front of the Chinese embassy in Washington, D.C.,  as “Liu Xiaobo Plaza”.

China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs had said the proposal “is nothing more than an attempt to smear China” and is “purely a farce”.

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