Merkel slams China for jailing dissident

German Chancellor Angela Merkel hit out at the Chinese goverment on Friday after a Beijing court jailed Chinese dissident and human rights campaigner Liu Xiaobo for 11 years.

Merkel slams China for jailing dissident
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“I regret that the Chinese government still heavily restricts freedom of expression and the press despite great progress in other areas,” Merkel said in a short statement.

Liu, 53, was convicted in Beijing of “inciting subversion of state power” after he co-authored a pamphlet last year that called for human rights protection and the reform of China’s one-party communist system.

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