Nobel winner praises Liu, blasts Chinese 'dictatorship'
Nobel Literature Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa praised Monday the award of the Peace Prize to jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, saying the laureate was fighting a fierce dictatorship.
"I think its magnificent that the (peace) prize was attributed to a great Chinese fighter who is battling for democracy in his country," the Peruvian-Spanish author told reporters in Stockholm.
China, despite its economic success, "is still a dictatorship, a totalitarian regime which fiercely reprimands any kind of critique," said the former leftist, a tireless opponent of dictatorships around the world.
Vargas Llosa, 74, will receive the Nobel Literature Prize in Stockholm on Friday.
The Nobel Peace Prize will also be handed out on Friday but at a separate ceremony in Oslo. It is set to take place without Liu, who remains in prison in China.
When Vargas Llosa was awarded the prestigious prize in October, the Swedish Academy praised "his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual's resistance, revolt, and defeat."
© 2010 AFP