After peace prize, China targets winner's friends

Associated Press
A plainclothes security officer gestures towards a photographer taking photos near the residential compound where Liu Xia, the wife of this year's Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, is being held under house arrest in Beijing, China on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010.  The wife of the imprisoned Chinese dissident said she hopes to travel to Norway to collect the Nobel Peace Prize on his behalf, though for now she can only leave her Beijing home under police escort. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
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Dozens of Chinese who openly agreed with imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo say they have been detained, roughed up, harassed or kept from leaving their homes in recent days.

Liu won the prize for his decades of promoting democratic change in China. He is serving an 11-year prison sentence for subversion.

Some of Liu's supporters say they received threatening phone calls from police before they released a letter late Thursday calling for Liu to be freed.

Beijing police have not immediately responded Friday to a faxed question about the complaints of harassment.

China's state-run media has reacted angrily to the peace prize, calling it a tool the West is using to undermine China.

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