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Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo's ashes scattered in sea

Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo's ashes scattered in sea

It might have been the Chinese state that incarcerated him, but he died a prisoner of conscience of the entire modern world.

Liu died earlier this week at the age of 61 from complications of liver cancer in a heavily guarded hospital in Shenyang, a city in northeastern China.

Liu was imprisoned multiple times throughout his life.

Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman says Germany will continue to push for a "humanitarian solution" for the widow of Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo.

Speaking at the news conference, Mr Liu's older brother, Liu Xiaoguang, thanked the ruling Communist Party for its "humanistic care" and said the government had followed the family's wishes.

So when you see those images, and hear those claims, bear in mind that what you are really looking at is a dying man, being denied his last request.

Mr. Liu was a fighter for human rights.

"It was a deliberate move by the Chinese government to hastily arrange the funeral so no one could visit his body, which would evoke the most memories", said activist Hu Jia.




As Liu Xiaobo said in the Nobel speech he was not permitted to deliver in person, "Freedom of expression is the foundation of human rights, the source of humanity, and the mother of truth".

The brother, who is believed to have been estranged from Liu, may have been coerced to give the statement, said friends of the dissident.

China's Nobel Peace Prize laureate and prominent dissident Liu Xiaobo was cremated today after succumbing to cancer while in custody, even as Beijing said his wife was "free so far" but must "avoid trouble" amid global pressure to let her leave the country. "I have nothing to say other than that I'm extremely infuriated", Mo said. He also called for the release of Liu's wife, poet Liu Xia, who has been under house arrest since 2010.

Another picture shows what appears to be a box containing Liu's ashes being presented to Liu Xia, as she clasps a black and white photograph of her husband.

Liu's ashes were buried at sea on Saturday, depriving supporters of a place to pay tribute following his death on Thursday from cancer while in custody in China. In June, it issued an angry response when Tsai offered to help China transition to democracy while marking the 28th anniversary of 1989's violent suppression of pro-democracy protests in and around Beijing's Tiananmen Square.

A scholar, writer, poet and social commentator, Liu was instrumental in drafting of a reform manifesto that spoke of direct elections in China and an end to the single-party rule in the country.

"This is why Chinese society opposes and despises him", it said in an English-language editorial.


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