Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Industry | By Dora Warner

What fate awaits wife of late Chinese dissident?

What fate awaits wife of late Chinese dissident?

Activists and friends of the family said the sea burial appeared to be Beijing's way of removing every last physical trace of Liu. The brother, Liu Xiaoguang, is regarded by Liu's friends as having always been unsupportive of Liu's political advocacy. 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.

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 global pressure to release her and let her leave China. In the handout images, none among a group of people standing by the casket were identifiable as any of Liu's friends, said Mo Zhixu, a dissident writer who is friends with Liu. Jailed since 2009 for fighting for democratic reforms in China, Liu was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer in May before being transferred from his prison cell to a hospital room where his treatment became an worldwide issue. 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..."

On Saturday, thousands of mourners in Hong Kong took part in a candle-lit vigil in remembrance of Liu.

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Australia on Sunday joined that chorus, urging Beijing to lift any travel curbs on Liu Xia. The police have kept his wife Liu Xia under house arrest and prevented her from speaking about his death and his belated cancer treatment.

Liu Xiaoguang said Liu Xia was in "weak condition" and experiencing such "great sorrow" and that she may need hospital treatment. A government official said she had been freed, but was so "grief-stricken" that she was shunning contact with the outside world.

But Genser said she was still being held "incommunicado" and he has "seen no sign that the government is going to let her go".

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"On behalf of Liu Xia and Liu Xiaobo's other family members, I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the humanistic care from the Party and the government", Liu Xiaoguang said, adding that concerning the special situation of Liu Xiaobo, the government showed a humanitarian spirit.

"It's best for her not to receive too much outside interference during this period", he said.

Liu rose to prominence during the 1989 pro-democracy protests centered in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, and became one of hundreds of Chinese imprisoned for crimes linked to the demonstrations after they were crushed by the military.

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"The most preposterous thing is that even during his cremation and funeral he still was not free".

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