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Liu Xiaobo, China's Nobel laureate and political dissident, dies at 61

Liu Xiaobo, China's Nobel laureate and political dissident, dies at 61

Liu, who had late-stage liver cancer, died of multiple organ failures, according to the justice bureau of Shenyang City. In a move that felt crass and disgusting, the Chinese authorities filmed the dying Liu without his consent to make propaganda films falsely depicting merciful treatment of him.

Two doctors from the United States and Germany who visited Liu on Saturday later said they considered it safe for him to be moved overseas for treatment.

The Chinese government had previously denied Mr Liu the request to be transferred to the U.S. or Germany for treatment, despite protests from campaigners.

In that case, Yu says, "he would [have] become a standard-bearer for China's democratization and civil society".

Many held signs reading "The people's hero, he'll always be remembered", "the murder of a dissident" and "free Liu Xia". "And he took on just about everybody else and made fun of them and debunked them".

The Nobel committee said in a statement that the Chinese government bears "heavy responsibility" for his "premature death". "He perceptively discovered and criticized traces of the Communist Party's education and brainwashing in them", he says. Titled "I Have No Enemies: My Final Statement", it cemented Liu's status as an iconic democracy activist. In 1989, he supported the Tiananmen Square protests, staging a non-violent hunger protest, and later dedicated his award to the protestors who died there.

His involvement in the uprising brought him a 21-month jail term. After the brutal crackdown on demonstrators, a friend drove Liu to the front gate of the Australian Embassy and said if he entered, he could seek asylum.

"Since (Liu) was sentenced, peaceful transformation as a route for change has essentially been blocked off by the party". China dismissed widespread global condemnation of the verdict as interference in its internal affairs.

China bears a "heavy responsibility" for the "premature" death of 2010 Nobel Peace Prize victor Liu Xiaobo, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said on Thursday.

He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010 but wasn't allowed to travel to Oslo, Norway, to collect the award.

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In an unprecedented move, the Chinese Foreign Ministry today removed questions related to Nobel Peace Prize victor Liu Xiaobo from the transcripts of its daily media briefings available on the official website. "He said the prize was for the Tiananmen generation and for the students who had died".

Before the Charter, Liu had served as the president of the Independent Chinese PEN Center writers' group from 2003 to 2007, as well as heading Democratic China magazine since the mid-1990s.

Charter '08, issued in 2008, reflected an apparent shift in China at the time toward becoming more open to liberal ideals, said Beijing-based historian and political commentator Zhang Lifan.

But Link says that Liu was able to transcend such acrimonious politics. "Liu's ideas and his dreams will persist, spread, and will, one day, come to fruition".

"He realized in that great museum that the big problems of humanity are not really East vs".

"No one was as active as he was, and no one had so much social interaction with the young people", Yu said.

Liu's friends had voiced suspicion over the hospital's statements, which suggested a worsening of his condition soon after two foreign doctors said he was well enough to travel overseas.

In his stead, Norwegian actress Liv Ullman read the statement he had written upon his sentencing in 2009.

It added: "For decades, he fought tirelessly to advance human rights and fundamental freedoms in China".