Cui Weiping, der er professor på Film akademiet i Beijing, ringede rundt til sine venner og spurgte om, hvad de synes om dommen over Liu Xiaobo.
Hun lagde svarene på Twitter, som Global Voices har oversat. To eksempler:
In 1968, I was sentenced to twenty years in prison for the crime of counter-revolutionary actions; in 2009, for the crime of inciting subversion of state power, Liu Xiaobo has been given a sentence of eleven years. We both were made criminals for our words, one forty-one years before the other. This can only make one wonder: this system of ours, has it really improved much? Has our society made any progress at all?
I don’t necessarily agree with all of Liu Xiaobo’s views and methods, but that’s beside the point; Liu Xiaobo is a peaceful and rational critic and to incarcerate him for this is a sign of weakness, one very difficult to accept.