China Online Censors Delete Tributes to Liu Xiaobo

China Online Censors Delete Tributes to Liu Xiaobo

Lui, a literary critic, known for his essays commemorating pro-democracy protesters killed during the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests on 4th June, had been serving an 11-year sentence in Jinzhou prison in northeast China for "inciting subversion of state power".

Ye Du, another activist and friend of Liu, said he had been warned by Chinese security services that he was forbidden to travel.

With three years left to his prison sentence in northeast China, he was diagnosed with liver cancer at an inoperable stage.

"Hatred can rot a person's wisdom and conscience", Liu said in a statement he prepared for the trial.

The ruling Communist Party newspaper said Liu lived a "tragic life".

"We want you to know that we're only here for your safety", one man said as he brushed aside a smartphone used to record him.

"Liu Xiaobo was a representative of ideas that resonate with millions of people all over the world, even in China". The Nobel Prize victor was serving an 11-year prison sentence.

Just a day before Liu's death, the U.S. had called on China to release him from custody so he could see his family and pursue the medical care.

"China has lost a deeply principled role model who deserved our respect and adulation, not the prison sentences to which he was subjected", said US ambassador to China Terry Branstad.

Geng also hit out at Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen for her comments on Liu and her calls for China to embrace democracy, saying her behavior was "very unsafe".

He said that Beijing had lodged protests with Germany, France and the UN's human rights high commissioner following criticism over its handling of Liu's death.

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Contacted by AFP, the Nobel Committee refused to comment.

"Mr. Liu, rest in peace", wrote rights lawyer Zhang Peihong on his WeChat account.

A few English-language outlets carried short reports on Liu's death, highlighting his "criminal" background and the Chinese doctor's effort to save him. State-controlled Global Times said he was "a victim led astray" by the west.

In 1970, at age 15, Liu was with his parents when they were sent to a labor camp in the region of Inner Mongolia at the height of the Cultural Revolution.

The leader of the self-ruled island regarded by Beijing as a renegade province wrote that Liu "has no enemies, because democracy has no enemies".

"Naturally we are anxious about Liu Xia right now, because she has been suffering from depression and heart disease in the years since Liu Xiaobo went to prison", Poon told RFA. The futility of it all as nothing has changed in all of Liu's years of fighting for reform in the Communist Party-dominated regime is what the free world will have to live with. He described Liu "as a very soft and intellectual kind of scholar" who was falsely accused and wrongly imprisoned for openly discussing the country's future.

"The debate over Norway's relations with China won't stop with Liu Xiaobo's death". A German and an American doctor visited him last weekend, and Berlin had urged Beijing to allow him to leave for treatment overseas - possibly in Germany.

Activist Hu Jia said authorities were pressuring Liu's family to quickly cremate his body.

But outside the mainland, Chinese activists have been openly mourning him, with hundreds in Hong Kong attending a vigil on Thursday night.

Worldwide human rights groups, Western governments and local activists had urged authorities to free Liu and grant his final wish to be treated overseas. He was jailed in 2009 for drafting a petition calling for democracy in China.