Friday, November 19, 2010

China Successfully Pressuring Nations to Boycott Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony

"The Norwegian Nobel Committee said that it may not now hold the ceremony for awarding the peace prize in response to the fact that China has pressured countries not to attend and prevented Mr Liu, 54, or any members of his family from travelling to Norway to accept the award.  If that happens, it will be the first time the award has not been given out since 1936, when the Nazis banned journalist Carl von Ossietzky – a pacifist – from leaving Germany.  'As of this morning, 36 ambassadors had accepted our invitation, 16 had not replied and six had said "no",' Nobel Institute director Geir Lundestad said."

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