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Jailed Chinese activist calls attention to coworkers

AP, BEIJING

Jailed Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo (劉曉波) has told an overseas friend that he is relatively healthy, but in a message that was smuggled out of jail said he wants the world to pay more attention to other Chinese activists.

“The aura around me is enough already,” said a message sent by Liu to dissident Liao Yiwu (廖亦武), who lives in exile in Germany.

“I hope the world can pay more attention to other victims who are not well known, or not known at all,” Liu said.

Liao, who posted the message on Facebook on Thursday, did not say how he got the message from Liu, who is serving an 11-year jail sentence for inciting state subversion.

Liu’s friends have said the message is genuine.

While in prison, Liu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010 for his calls for political reforms. Beijing condemned the award.

Liao said he received the message on Tuesday and that it was the first he had heard from Liu in more than six years.

“My eyes are suddenly moist,” Liao said on Facebook.

In the message, Liu said he was doing well, and had been reading and thinking.

“Through studies, I have become even more convinced that I have no personal enemies,” Liu said.

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