(Jeremy Gerard's article appeared on Bloomberg, 12/31.)

Doctorow, Albee Protest 11-Year Sentence for Chinese Writer Liu

Edward Albee, E.L. Doctorow and other prominent writers demanded the release of jailed Chinese writer Liu Xiaobo at a rally today in front of New York’s main public library.

Liu, one of China’s best-known dissidents, was sentenced to 11 years in prison last week in Beijing. He was accused of “subversion.”

“Any time a country imprisons its creative people, you know that’s a country that’s got to change,” Albee, 81, said in an interview before the New York demonstration. The rally was organized by the PEN American Center, an international human- rights group that defends writers around the world.

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