Happening in D.C. Today: A Rally for Liu Xiaobo, a Panel on Democracy in China

by Hans A. von Spakovsky

For readers of the Corner who live or work in Washington, there is a great opportunity today to show solidarity with the latest victim of the cruelty and tyranny of the Chinese Communist dictatorship. The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation is helping to sponsor a demonstration, which started at 11:00 a.m., in support of jailed Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo at the Victims of Communism Memorial on Capitol Hill (Massachusetts & New Jersey Avenue, NE). Following the demonstration, a luncheon panel discussion on “The Future of Democracy in China” will convene at 12:30 at the Heritage Foundation (214 Massachusetts Ave. NE).

Doing their best imitation of the Nazi regime’s reaction when pacifist Carl von Ossietsky was awarded the Prize in 1935 while in prison, the Chinese have placed all of Liu’s family and friends under house arrest to prevent their attendance at the Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo, and are using threats, extortion, and blackmail to prevent other countries dependent on Chinese aid and trade from also attending. My father fought the Russian Communists almost 90 years ago, and in my opinion the only difference between the modern Chinese Communist Party and the Russian Bolsheviks that my father faced is that while the latter have faded into history (except in America’s academic institutions), the Chinese Communists are still killing, torturing, and imprisoning their political opponents today.