Nobel laureate's family accuses China of guile

Patrice Gainsbourg
Julho 16, 2017

He had been jailed for 11 years in 2009 for "inciting subversion of state power" after helping to write a petition known as "Charter 08" calling for sweeping political reforms.

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.

Liu Yunpeng, Liu Xiaobo's attending doctor, said at a Thursday press conference that the hospital did all it could to treat the patient, including 25 joint consultations from the hospital, five joint consultations involving China's leading experts, and one that involved global experts.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says the death of Liu Xiaobo on Thursday was very sad.

Zhang did not say where Liu Xia now was.

Many close friends of Liu Xia warned she is in deteriorating health, having spent nearly seven years under house arrest despite not being charged with any crime.

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Liu family lawyer Mo Shaoping said he did not know whether the cremation was in accordance with family wishes, however, as they had been unreachable.

Officials released photos showing his wife, the poet Liu Xia, with her brother, and two of Liu Xiaobo's brothers in front of the body, which was covered with white petals and surrounded by flowers at a funeral home.

Several thousand people held an evening vigil for Liu in Hong Kong, holding up candles and white roses in a largely silent march to China's main representative office. "We have to do something to commemorate him".

China has repeatedly attacked foreign governments for their concern about Liu and calls to allow Liu Xia to leave the country if she wishes, and foreign reporters in Shenyang have been closely monitored by plainclothes security.

During the past couple of weeks, Liu Xia had been at the hospital as her husband's health deteriorated.

The last Nobel Peace Prize victor to live out his dying days under state surveillance was Carl von Ossietzky, a pacifist who died in Berlin in Nazi Germany in 1938.

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