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Pro-democracy lawmakers and activities hold the picture of Liu Xiaobo outside China's liaison office in Hong Kong Thursday.

Intellectuals call for release of dissident

Dozens of China’s most prominent writers and scholars are calling for the release of a dissident who was arrested after co-authoring a bold manifesto urging civil rights and political reforms.

Liu Xiaobo, who had been held by police at a secret location for more than six months, was formally arrested this week on suspicion of "inciting to subvert state power," a charge that carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in jail.

Liu is currently held at a police detention center in Beijing.

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