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Activists Defy Chinese Guards, Visit Jailed Nobel Laureate's Wife


This screen grab taken from the video shows Liu Xia, the wife of jailed Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, talking to visitors in her room in Beijing on December 28, 2012.
Several Chinese rights activists broke through a security cordon to visit the wife of jailed Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, who is herself under house arrest.

The visit to Liu Xia on December 28 was captured on video by Beijing activist Hu Jia.

He posted it on YouTube on December 31.

Hu said the activists wanted to see Liu Xia on that day to mark her husband's birthday.

Liu Xia has been confined to her Beijing flat since her husband was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize two years ago.

The visit was the first time in more than two years that friends were able to see her.

Liu Xiaobo is currently serving an 11-year prison sentence on charges of subversion for authoring and disseminating a call for democracy titled "Charter '08."

Based on reporting by AP and AFP