Family, friends bid farewell to Liu Xiaobo

Angelica Greene
July 17, 2017

The condition in which Liu Xiaobo, Chinese democracy activist and 2010 Nobel Peace Prize victor, died last Thursday speak volumes of what modern China is and what the modern world risks becoming.

Liu died Thursday from multiple organ failure that followed a battle with liver cancer while serving an 11-year sentence for incitement to subvert state power.

Liu Xiaobo was a veteran of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests and was detained in 2008 after co-writing Charter 08, a petition calling for democratic reforms.

"He had been divorced from the main theme of the Chinese society and therefore became a man of the past, a political agitator and opponent", it said in a hostile editorial, rejecting comparisons between Mr Liu and freedom fighters such as Nelson Mandela.

"This regime has always been acting without humanity - that's why they denied him even a minute of freedom even until his death", Mo said.

"On behalf of Liu Xia and Liu Xiaobo's other family members, I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the humanistic care from the Party and the government", Liu Xiaoguang said.

"She gazed upon him for a long time and murmured her final farewells to her husband", said the account.

Liu Xia was so heartbroken that she may need hospital treatment, he said. People who know the Lius, however, say her recent silence is cause for alarm and could indicate that she continues to be under house arrest and intense surveillance. The document called on China to guarantee human rights and usher in democracy.

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Liu Xia suffers from depression and heart disease, reported the AFP.

Her father died in 2016 and her mother died earlier in 2017. He was 61, reports Xinhua news agency.

Chinese dissident artist critic Ai Weiwei, who lives in Berlin tweeted a photo of the funeral and called the display "disgusting" and a "violation" of the deceased.

Nicholas Bequelin, regional director of Amnesty International East Asia, slammed the news conference as a "crude" sham.

Supporters paid their respects by observing a minute of silence and marching through the streets of Hong Kong holding lit candles.

"There is no higher priority than getting Liu Xia out".

A banner displaying a sketch of late Chinese Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo and his wife Liu Xia is displayed outside the Chinese liaison office in Hong Kong on Saturday.

The 68-year-old brother said throughout the whole process starting with the treatment, cremation and scattering of ashes at sea, everything reflects the advantage of the socialist system and leading experts from home and overseas gathered together for Liu Xiaobo's treatment.

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