犯罪的民主人士

伦敦——前捷克共和国总统瓦茨拉夫·哈维尔登门拜访中国驻布拉格使馆要求释放作家刘晓波,这让我在似曾相识的同时又感到有些可怕。33年前,在哈维尔的努力下,出台了代表所有持不同政见者及铁幕笼罩下其他民众理想的标志性文件《77宪章》。

当然,哈维尔为此遭到了长期监禁。现在刘也因为大致同样的罪名被判处入狱11年:刘推出了或许迄今为止和平实现中国自由化的最勇敢的《08宪章》。

有人说无论是悲剧还是闹剧,历史都会不断地自我重复。中国政府试图以苏共时代的行为方式残酷压抑人们对于自由的渴望实际就是一场闹剧。以妄图推翻中国政府的荒唐罪名监禁刘晓波代表了典型的二十世纪共产主义封闭社会的思维方式,即由国家行使绝对权利,评判所有的思想和思想家。

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