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Christmas a reminder of imprisoned Chinese Nobel laureate

Protesters demand Liu Xiaobo's release even as Norway makes up with Beijing

Albert Ho Chun-yan, chairman of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movement in China, third from right, and Lee Cheuk-yan, a longtime activist on human rights in China, second from left, protested in Hong Kong on behalf of Liu Xiaobo and other dissidents at the representative office of Beijing on Sunday. (Photo by Kenji Kawase)

HONG KONG -- Christmas is a time of joy for many, even in predominantly non-Christian regions in Asia as religious connotations have been diluted over the years. Even in mainland China under Communist Party control, Christmas is about shopping, dining, partying and gathering with family and friends.

But seven years ago today, Beijing Municipal No. 1 Intermediate People's Court handed down a sentence of 11 years imprisonment and two additional years of political rights deprivation to activist Liu Xiaobo for "inciting subversion of state power."

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