Liu Xiaobo's widow is free, claim Chinese authorities

Yolanda Curtis
July 17, 2017

Amnesty International China researcher Patrick Poon said Liu Xia, 56, suffered from depression and heart disease. It also removes the need for a land-based grave at which his supporters would have been able to pay their respects.

"I just want to be closer to him and to see him, touch him even, if it's possible, and to give Liu Xia a hug, that's all", she said in English.

The government also said some of Liu's friends attended the ceremony, a claim that was disputed by people who have always been close to Liu.

"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".

People took to the streets of central Hong Kong on Saturday night, holding up candles and white roses and marching from the city's commercial heart to China's representative office during the evening vigil. "I have nothing to say other than that I'm extremely infuriated", Mo said.

"Why has Liu Xia not come here?"

"This gang of hooligans have already flung Liu Xiaobo's ashes into the sea!"

With activists calling for China to finally give Liu her freedom, Shenyang government spokesperson, Zhang Qingyang, also said on Saturday that Liu Xia was "free" and that the Chinese government would "protect her legitimate rights in accordance with the law", but added that she still needs more time to grieve.

The late dissident's lawyer Jared Genser said Liu Xia had been held "incommunicado" since her husband's death, BBC reported.

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

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. "After Liu Xiaobo's death, let Liu Xia tend to his affairs and try to keep her away from external interference". 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. He had been serving an 11-year sentence for state subversion after publishing the Charter 08 petition seeking democratic reform in China.

He was in prison when he was awarded the Nobel in 2010, which Beijing condemned as an affront to its political and legal systems.

"Liu's memorial tablet can not find a place in China's cultural temple", the Global Times said in the editorial Saturday.

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