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Excerpt from report by Radio TV Hong Kong Radio 3 on 31 October; "Letter to Hong Kong" - weekly radio talk, here by legislator Emily Lau, vice-chair of the Democratic Party; subheadings inserted editorially
[Lau] On 8 October, members of the Democratic Party gathered in a restaurant in Kowloon to celebrate the party's 16th anniversary. But what made all our members and guests particularly jubilant was the news that the Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize to Mr Liu Xiaobo, a celebrated Chinese dissident intellectual who was sentenced to 11 years' imprisonment for inciting subversion of state power.
To many people campaigning for democracy and human rights in China, the Nobel Committee's decision was a powerful shot in the arm. Mr Liu's selfless …