Richard Gere Protests Nobel Peace Prize Winner Liu Xiaobo's Imprisonment

(NECN) - Actor Richard Gere was outside the United Nations in New York City this morning to protest the Chinese imprisonment of Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo.

"We're all in this together, even with the bad guys, and the bad guys maybe need our love and understanding more than anybody else," said Gere. "So in that spirit, I think maybe we could have a moment of utter silence and think about that love and compassion connected to this very courageous man who is sitting in prison right now, who I'm sure is imagining himself as he might have been if he was in Oslo receiving this award on behalf of the people of China."

Xiaobo was applauded in Oslo, Norway today and given a standing ovation at his ceremony. The prize was given to an empty chair. This was the first time in 74 years that the prestigious award has not been handed out in person.

Chinese authorities have put his wife Liu Xia and other supporters under house arrest to ensure nobody could be present to pick up the award.

Xiaobo is currently serving an 11-year sentence in China on subversion charges after he advocated for major changes to the one party communist political system in Beijing.

Information from the Associated Press was contributed to this report.

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