Liu Xia, wife of Liu Xiaobo, the 2010 Nobel Peace Laureate, was interviewed today by AP journalists. Liu Xia has been put under house detention since her husband won the Nobel Award until today. The journalist succeeded in interviewing her at her home during a short break while the guards went away for midday rest.
“Breathless from disbelief at receiving unexpected visitors into her home and with a shaking voice, Liu Xia told The Associated Press in her first interview in more than two years, that her ongoing house arrest has been a painfully surreal experience. She said she has been confined to her duplex apartment in downtown Beijing with no Internet or outside phone line and only allowed weekly trips to buy groceries and visit her parents.
Once a month, she is taken to see her husband who is four years into an 11-year prison term for subversion for authoring and disseminating a sweeping call for democratic reform known as Charter ’08.
[…] “I felt I was a person emotionally prepared to respond to the consequences of Liu Xiaobo winning the prize. But after he won the prize, I really never imagined that after he won, I would not be able to leave my home. This is too absurd. I think Kafka could not have written anything more absurd and unbelievable than this.”
[…] “I can’t remember [when I last saw my husband],” she said. “I don’t keep track of the days anymore. That’s how it is.”
The full report can be read here. The following is a short report about Liu Xia’s Kafkaesque Situation by AP