Beijing has also reacted sharply at home by cracking down on Liu’s supporters in the weeks following the announcement in October, most recently overnight.
Liu’s wife was put under house arrest and is unable to attend tomorrow’s award ceremony, which will mark the first time in 75 years that a laureate is unable to collect the Nobel Peace Prize.
Several hundred demonstrators led by Amnesty International marched outside China’s embassy in Oslo today in an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to deliver 100,000 signatures calling for Liu’s release. Amnesty will also lead the traditional torchlight parade after the award ceremony in honor of the laureate.
However, there is expected to be a counter-demonstration tomorrow morning by 100 Chinese residents in Norway against the decision to award the prize to Liu, according to Yaming Yuen, head of the Norway-China Association. He and several other Chinese members delivered a protest letter with 297 signatures earlier this week to the Norwegian Nobel Institute.
Some observers, including the Institute, have called into question the authenticity of the protesters. Amnesty International said it had been informed by reliable sources in the Chinese diaspora that mainland Chinese residents in Norway had been repeatedly visited and called in to meetings over the past two months by representatives of the Chinese government.
“We are shocked that Chinese authorities would bring the oppressive atmosphere of Beijing to Oslo,” said John Peder Egenæs, director of Amnesty International Norway.