UPDATE, 3:43 pm: Please see this update.
In Stockholm on Monday, on the night of the Nobel banquet, a man dashed butt-naked through the cold and snow, his ebullient battle cry resonating across the dark Swedish night. Wherefore?
According to SVT News (via Notes on the Mosquito, a website about the poetry of Xi Chuan), the streaker was protesting Mo Yan winning the Nobel Prize in Literature. (We don’t know Swedish, but we see very clearly after putting the article through Google Translate that Mo Yan is involved.) He was also very drunk, which most people have to be to denude in subfreezing temperatures.
Via SVT via Google Translate:
The photographer captured one of the men springandes naked on the Stockholm Concert Hall, where the ceremony takes place. The man was quickly disposed of by the police.
- The men were drunk and has been hospitalized for sobering up. They showed up with rowdy and drunk, says Sven-Erik Olsson, press spokesman at police länskommunikationscentral.
Do we know why they showed up like that?
- No, it has not revealed anything. They tried to ask them before putting them in sobering. We’ll see if they can say something sensible when sober.
We’re not holding our breath on that last part.
UPDATE, 2:55 pm: Thanks to the top commenter, who points out that a second SVT article claims the streaker, Meng Huang, was “completely sober when he was arrested.” Also, Liao Yiwu was there: he’s the man in the black overcoat who ushers Meng over the first cordon. You can clearly hear Liao (or someone) telling Meng in Chinese, “Run.
UPDATE, 1:47 pm: Youku censors figured it out; the video has been deleted. We’ll try uploading to some other places. 4:20 pm: It’s on 56.com, embedded above. Let’s see how long it lasts.