Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Electronics | By Jesus Weaver

Hong Kong holds vigil for Chinese dissent Liu Xiaobo

Hong Kong holds vigil for Chinese dissent Liu Xiaobo

Governments around the world have urged China to free his wife, Liu Xia, from the strict house arrest she has lived under for years even though she has not been convicted of any crime.

Hu Jia, the Beijing-based activist who has also been regularly jailed for his views, told AFP that his friend Ms Liu looked like "the world's saddest person".

At the press conference, Liu Xiaobo's brother, Liu Xiaoguang, backed up the government's story, claiming that the family had made a decision to feed Liu to the fishes for "environmental reasons", before going on to praise the Chinese government for its "humanitarian spirit".

Amnesty International China researcher Patrick Poon said Liu Xia, 56, suffered from depression and heart disease. In the handout images, none among a group of people standing by the casket were identifiable as any of Liu's friends, Zeng said.

"We call for the immediate release of Lee Ming-che, a Taiwanese national and human rights activist who has been imprisoned by Chinese authorities since March".

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. "This is just a big performance".

"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.

A government official in Shenyang, where Mr Liu had been jailed, told a news conference: "According to my understanding, Liu Xia is now free", adding that as a Chinese citizen, her rights would be protected under the law.

China's government faced a global backlash for denying Liu Xiaobo's wish to be treated overseas, and the United States and European Union have called on the government to free Liu Xia.

Liu Xiaoguang said Liu Xia was in "weak condition" and experiencing such "great sorrow" and that she may need hospital treatment.

Zhang did not reveal Liu Xia's whereabouts. He has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010 for "human rights" activities in China.

He is the first Nobel Peace laureate to die in state custody since Carl von Ossietzky, the German pacifist who won the prize in 1935 and died under guard in 1938.

Liu is also known for his role in the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests.

There is little mention of Liu in China's heavily censored state media and social networking platforms. In an editorial, the Global Times English-language edition described Mr Liu as "paranoid, naive and arrogant". "Deification of Liu by the West will be eventually overshadowed by China's denial of him".

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