Hong Kong holds vigil for Chinese dissent Liu Xiaobo

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 17, 2017

But Amnesty International's China researcher Patrick Poon told AFP that he did not recognise any of the row of non-family members in the official photo and people close to the Liu couple identified at least one "state security police officer" among them. It also removes the need for a land-based grave at which his supporters would have been able to pay their respects.

During the past seven years, Liu Xia was only allowed to leave her apartment to visit her parents or her husband at his prison in the northeastern province of Liaoning, where he was serving an 11-year sentence until he was admitted at a hospital in early June.

Authorities also released photos of a private ceremony attended by his family, including his wife, whose fate worries supporters hoping the government will cede to worldwide pressure to release her and let her leave China.

In Hong Kong thousands took part in a candlelit march Saturday night in memory of Liu.

"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.

In Hong Kong, which enjoys more freedom than the mainland as a condition of its 1997 return to Chinese rule, people came out on Saturday evening carrying candles and posters of Liu.

"The way the funeral was controlled by the Communist Party, it's very sad to say that Liu Xiaobo can not be free even in death". Even in Liu's death, its disdain for him has been unsparing-answering questions regarding his death, the state observed, "Liu is a prisoner who was sentenced to imprisonment in accordance with Chinese law..."

Foreign diplomats had urged China to free Liu's wife, the artist and poet Liu Xia, from the strict house arrest she has lived under for years even though she has not been convicted of any crime. "But she just lost her relative and is in deep sorrow", spokesman Zhang Qingyang said.

Officials released photos showing 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.

Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010 for his non-violent struggle for human rights in China.

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. In an editorial, the Global Times English-language edition described Mr Liu as "paranoid, naive and arrogant".

China has bristled previously at Tsai's comments on China's political system.

Wong reported from Beijing.

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