The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China launched a photo campaign on Saturday demanding the release of Chinese dissident writer Liu Xiaobo.

China’s only Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Liu Xiaobo is currently serving an 11-year term for “inciting subversion of state power” over a political manifesto, Charter ’08, calling for legislative democracy and an end to one-party rule.

Promotion poster of the photo campaign. Photo: Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China, via Facebook.

The Alliance organised an inauguration ceremony at Wan Chai station on Saturday to urge people to download a campaign poster and take a photo in support of Liu’s release.

According to the Alliance, they have received photos from the Tiananmen Mothers Group, US Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and Stanford University Professor Larry Diamond.

Liu Xiaobo. Photo: HKFP.

“Each photo represents a call and a force. We firmly believe that if we join forces, we can bring change!” the Alliance’s website read.

Liu was convicted in 2009 and was awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize for his “long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.”

The Alliance will march to the China Liaison Office on Christmas day to call for the release of Liu and his wife, Liu Xia, who has been under house arrest in Beijing since 2010.

Koel Chu

Koel Chu is a second-year journalism and fine arts student at the University of Hong Kong. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Koel is interested in the arts and urban design. She interned at China Radio International in Beijing and, at her university, she also works as Vice-President of Branding and Marketing in AIESEC, the largest youth-run organisation in the world.