Liu Xiaobo Empty Chair Memorial Unveiling Ceremony

Toronto Association for Democracy in China is pleased to announce that Liu Xiaobo Empty Chair Memorial is near its completion. The Unveiling Ceremony of the Memorial is scheduled as followed

Tuesday August 13, 2019 2019年8月13日星期二
2:00 pm Unveiling
3:00 pm Reception
Amnesty International 國際特赦渥太華總部
312 Laurier Avenue East, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 1H9

Please send email to [email protected] to indicate your presence at the unveiling ceremony. TADC has arranged coach bus in Toronto to and from the unveiling ceremony in Ottawa at $50 per passenger. Please go to Eventbrite to find bus arrangement details and reserve your seat(s) at your earliest convenience. We hope to see you with your family and friends in the unveiling ceremony!
若閣下將出席揭幕禮,請電郵至 [email protected] 以作出知會。本會亦有安排旅遊巴士從多倫多往返渥太華的揭幕禮,每位票價50元。請於 Eventbrite 查詢交通安排詳情及儘早登記留坐。希望閣下能與家人朋友一同出席揭幕禮。

The unveiling ceremony will include speakers such as Setsuko Thurlow, recipient of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons; Wang Juntao, political activist and friend of Liu during the 1989 pro-democracy movement; Ti-Anna Wang, daughter of Wang Binzhang, political prisoner and founder of the Chinese pro-democracy movement overseas; and Senator Con Di Nino.
出席揭幕禮發表演說的嘉賓將包括代表「國際廢除核武器運動」接受2017年諾貝爾和平獎的Setsuko Thurlow、1989年民主運動中與劉曉波為友並積極參與政治活動的王軍濤、政治犯和海外華人民主運動創始人王炳章的女兒王天安、及加拿大參議員Con Di Nino。

In May 2018, TADC announced the project to erect the Liu Xiaobo Empty Chair Memorial to honor his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China. He was sentenced 13 years imprisonment in 2009 for the publication of Charter 08, a manifesto he co-authored calling for political reforms in China. The Chinese government refused him to travel to Oslo to receive the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize. His absence was marked by an empty chair on stage during the award ceremony. Liu died in prison on July 13, 2017.

The Liu Xiaobo Empty Chair Memorial is a joint effort by TADC, Amnesty International and PEN Canada. More than $40,000 has been raised by crowd funding to finance the project. The Memorial is a bronze replica of the “empty chair” publicly displayed in the front lawn of Amnesty International’s headquarter in Ottawa. The sculpture is by Ruth Abernethy, a Canadian sculptor whose iconic works include the Glenn Gould statue at CBC in Toronto, the Oscar Peterson statue at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, as well as the Goddess of Democracy at York University, Toronto.
劉曉波空座椅紀念碑是多倫多支持中國民運會丶加拿大國際特赦及加拿大筆會合力,以衆籌集資超過四萬加元而成。紀念碑是頒獎舞台上空座椅的青銅複製品,安放於國際特赦渥太華總部的前園草地公開讓市民參觀。雕塑由加拿大雕塑家 Ruth Abernethy 鑄造,她的代表作品包括加拿大廣播公司於多倫多的格倫古爾德雕像,渥太華國家藝術中心的奧斯卡彼得森雕像,以及多倫多約克大學的民主女神像。