Hundreds of thousands of people across the world united on Wednesday to call on China’s new leader Xi Jinping to free imprisoned Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo and his wife Liu Xia.
More than 450,000 people from 130 countries signed a petition created by Archbishop Desmond Tutu to demand the couple’s immediate release.
The petition was delivered to Chinese authorities in Berlin, Hong Kong, London, Paris, New York, Taipei, and Washington DC.
The campaign led by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the International Committee for Liu Xiaobo, with the support of Amnesty International, was launched in solidarity with a letter signed by 134 Nobel laureates demanding Liu’s freedom.
“These petitions represent the voices of people around the globe imploring the new Chinese government to release Liu Xiaobo and his wife Liu Xia. We hope this will show China that the world supports their willingness to hear the voices of their people,” said Archbishop Tutu.