The organizers of the beauty contest have decided to leave Birkedal without winning, so as to express a protest against the Norwegian Nobel Peace Prize to Chinese human rights activist and dissident Liu Xiaobo. The bookmakers said Marian Birkedal was the main contender for the crown. It is noted that representatives of the organizing committee of the competition so far not reacted to the accusations of putting pressure on judges.
Recall, the media is not the first time express “acts of revenge” against China in Norway for the Nobel Peace Prize to dissident Liu Xiaobo. For instance, Norwegian diplomats were not allowed to see the wife of Nobel laureate and Alexander Rybak – Norwegian singer and the winner of Eurovision 2009 – didn’t allowed to sing in the musical “Once upon a sunny night” which premiere was scheduled for November this year in Beijing .
October 12, during a briefing in Beijing, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ma Zhaoxu said: “The award demonstrates disrespect for the criminal laws of China and the fact that some politicians use this as a pretext for attacks on China, also shows disrespect.”
Earlier, on October 8, due to the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo China threatened deterioration in relations with Norway. Chinese authorities announced that the awarding of the Nobel Prize of human rights to activist Liu Xiaobo is contrary to the principles of awarding this prize, although what exactly the contradiction is, did not specified.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg delivered a congratulatory to the maverick: “I would like to congratulate Liu Xiaobo, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010 for his work in the field of democracy and human rights.” In this case, Stoltenberg said that Norway continues to work closely with China.
It is known that five members of the Nobel Committee, which chooses the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, appointed by the Norwegian Parliament. However, later the Norwegian authorities do not have any influence on their decisions.
The German Government acted first for release the human rights activist from prison. Soon, Obama also called on the PRC government to release Liu Xiaobo.