Writer: Nobel tribute to dissidents

2010-10-08 22:57

Lima - Awarding the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize to jailed activist Liu Xiaobo was a "tribute" to all Chinese dissidents, this year's Nobel literature laureate Mario Vargas Llosa said on Friday.

"I believe that this is a tribute to all Chinese dissidents and all Chinese who want not just economic but also political growth and progress in China," Vargas Llosa told Peruvian television Frecuencia Latina from New York.

Liu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize Friday "for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China," Norwegian Nobel Committee chairperson Thorbjoern Jagland said in his announcement.

The announcement came just a day after Vargas Llosa won the 2010 Nobel Prize for Literature.