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BEIJING | An imprisoned Chinese dissident who won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize was allowed to meet Sunday with his wife and told her in tears that he was dedicating the award to victims of a 1989 military crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, his wife and a close friend said.
The Twitter message was verified by a close friend and dissident Wang Jinbo, who wrote in another Twitter message that Liu Xia had told him she was unable to meet the media or friends because of tight security. Mr. Wang declined to be interviewed.
Half a dozen men blocked the entrance to Mrs. Liu’s apartment in Beijing on Sunday night, ordering reporters out of the compound. A U.S. group that serves as Liu Xiaobo’s international counsel, Freedom Now, deplored Liu Xia’s detention in her own home.
In naming him on Friday, the Norwegian-based Nobel committee honored Mr. Liu’s more than two decades of advocacy of human rights and peaceful democratic change — from demonstrations for democracy at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 1989 to a manifesto for political reform that he co-authored in 2008 and which led to his latest prison term.
Mr. Wang said Liu Xiaobo told his wife during the visit that the prize “goes first” to those who died in the June 4, 1989, military crackdown on protesters in Tiananmen. “Xiaobo was in tears,” he wrote.
Liu Xia had sought to meet with her husband after Friday’s Nobel announcement, but authorities refused to let her visit until Sunday.
The delay underscored the difficult predicament the Chinese government faces over the award to a dissident it brands a criminal.
While the announcement cheered many in the fractured, persecuted dissident community and brought calls from the U.S., Germany and others for Mr. Liu’s release, Beijing reacted angrily. It warned Norway’s government that relations would suffer, even though the Nobel committee is an independent organization.
Mr. Liu, a slight, 54-year-old literary critic, is in the second year of an 11-year prison term, and until his wife’s confirmation, it was unclear if he knew about his award. News of the prize has been largely kept out of China’s state-controlled media. Chinese regulations allow prisoners one monthly visit with their families, and Liu Xia previously said police prohibited her from talking about the Nobel nomination during her visit in September.
Liu Xia did not provide further details on the meeting in her Twitter message. She said she had been placed under house arrest from Friday, the day the award was announced, and that she was no longer able to make or receive calls on her cell phone. Washington-based Freedom Now, a legal rights organization, urged world leaders to call for Liu Xia’s “immediate and unconditional release.”
Shortly after the Nobel announcement, Liu Xia said she was negotiating with police to visit her husband to deliver the news. Later that night, family members said police escorted her to Jinzhou, a city 300 miles from Beijing, where the prison is located.
Police put up a roadblock about a mile from the prison, which sits amid run-down factories on the outskirts of the city. Police stopped foreign reporters from passing the roadblock. Buses with police, cars with surveillance cameras and tactical units were stationed nearer the prison.
The roadblock was removed by Sunday afternoon and security forces gradually left the area.
Mr. Liu’s wife has said she hopes to go to Norway to collect the Nobel medal and its prize money of 10 million Swedish kronor (about $1.5 million) if he cannot.
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