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    Posted March 10, 2014 by
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    Shaving heads in front of Chinese Embassy, protestors demand freedom for political prisoner


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Journalism student Ryan McCrimmon and his colleague Christophe Haubursin documented a political protest outside the Chinese embassy in Washington, D.C., on March 8. He says approximately 15 protesters gathered in front of the embassy to have their heads shaved to show support for Liu Xia, who has been under house arrest in China since the imprisonment of her husband, Nobel Prize winner Liu Xiaobo. The demonstrators explain in the video that the reason they are shaving their heads is because Xia wears her hair that way.
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    WASHINGTON – A group of demonstrators gathered outside the Chinese Embassy in Washington Friday to shave their heads in solidarity with a political prisoner in China.


    Liu Xia has been under house arrest in Beijing since 2010. She was arrested shortly after her husband, Liu Xiaobo, the imprisoned civil rights and democratic reforms advocate, was awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize in jail.


    Liu was hospitalized recently, citing heart problems and depression from being detained at home. Her family has requested that she be allowed to seek medical treatment overseas, but the Chinese government has thus far refused.


    Demonstrators called on the U.S. government to pressure China to release Liu and her husband.



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