Chinese political prisoner Liu Xiaobo dies at age 61

Chinese political prisoner Liu Xiaobo dies at age 61

However, China rejected all these calls, claiming that Liu was too sick to travel, and instead Liu passed away in a Shenyang hospital room not far from the prison where he spent much of the past decade on charges of "subverting state power". He is the first Nobel Peace Prize victor to die in state custody since 1938, when German pacifist Carl von Ossietzky died after years in Nazi Germany's concentration camps.

Liu was granted medical parole in late June as the Chinese government revealed that he had late-stage liver cancer, but he died under the close guard of authorities.

Chinese authorities released video footage meant to show that Liu had been receiving good medical care, and they invited USA and German doctors to treat him. Many across the globe called for him to be released so that he could seek medical assistance overseas.

The prominent democracy advocate died aged 61 in China yesterday while still in custody following a battle with cancer. Liu's main doctor said he was able to say goodbye to his 56-year-old wife and, in his final moments told her to "live well". The middle child in a family of five boys, he was among the first to attend Jilin University when college entrance examinations resumed following the chaotic 1966-76 Cultural Revolution.

Liu Xiaobbo was born on 28 December 1955 and has a masters degree in Chinese literature from Beijing Normal University where he also earned his PhD years later. "And he took on just about everybody else, and made fun of them and debunked them". Other senior Chinese leaders must also be held responsible: Prime Minister Li Keqiang and his predecessor Wen Jiabao; Wu Aiying, who was justice minister at the time, and his successor, Zhang Jun; and the other members of the Standing Committee of the Central Political Bureau of the Communist Party: Zhang Dejiang, Yu Zhengsheng, Liu Yunshan, Wang Qishan and Zhang Gaoli.

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It was his intervention that saved the lives of hundreds of students from brutal government crackdowns on the protests, including open firing at protestors at the square.

Second right: Liu with other demonstrators at the Tianenmen Square, Beijing in 1989. The scene was captured in a 1995 documentary, The Gate of Heavenly Peace, by filmmakers Richard Gordon and Carma Hinton.

'No Enemies'Photo A quotation by Mr. Liu meaning "I have no enemies and no hatred" was widely circulated online. "It would be a tragic failure". His involvement resulted in a 21-month prison sentence, the first of four in his life. His conviction in late 2009 stemmed from his co-authorship of a manifesto calling for human rights and political reform in China.

Chinese intellectuals had been pointing this out for years.

"The 19th Party Congress is almost upon us, so I think it's likely that Xi Jinping only cared about consolidating his own power", he said.

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With Beijing desperate to tamp down discussion of Liu's fate and ideas, China's state-run media all but ignored his death.

"Hatred can rot a person's wisdom and conscience", Liu said in a statement he prepared for the trial. China dismissed widespread worldwide condemnation of the verdict as interference in its internal affairs. "It's a blasphemy of the peace prize", Geng said. Liu was the third Nobel laureate to receive the Peace Prize while under arrest or in detention.

"My heartfelt condolences go out to Liu's wife Liu Xia and all of his loved ones". The Global Times said, Lui's last days were "politicized" by the forces overseas. He says a visit Liu made one day to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY led to a sort of revelation. "They used Liu's illness as a tool to boost their image and demonize China".

"Terribly sad that this champion of human rights has died", Freeland tweeted from her personal Twitter account Thursday morning.

A day after the demise of jailed Chinese activist Liu Xiaobo, the communist regime of Beijing lashed out at global media for projecting the deceased as a "martyr".

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