China's artists defy censorship ban to mourn Liu Xiaobo

World reacts with praise, sadness to Liu death

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Officials say China's most prominent political prisoner, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, has died.

"I think it is ill-mannered and quite provocative that the prime minister uses words such as "deep grief" when she heard about Liu Xiaobo's death", said Eide, who is standing as a candidate with the Socialist Left Party at this year's general election.

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen released a statement late Thursday on the death of Chinese dissident and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo.

The Nobel Committee said in a statement, "We find it deeply disturbing that Liu Xiaobo was not transferred to a facility where he could receive adequate medical treatment before he became terminally ill".

Beijing had ignored worldwide calls for Liu to be allowed to seek treatment overseas after he was diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer in May, apparently fearing he would use his final days of freedom to denounce its authoritarian rule.

In its editorial on Friday, Global Times said Liu's supporters in the West had been less concerned about his health since his diagnosis than in making a political statement.

Some posted the works of Liu Xiaobo's poet and artist widow Liu Xia, who remains under house arrest, depicting mutilated dolls positioned in bleak landscapes.

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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".

His final prison sentence was for co-authoring "Charter 08", a document circulated in 2008 that called for more freedom of expression, human rights and an independent judiciary.

"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 west has bestowed upon Liu a halo, which will not linger", the newspaper said, before attempting to rubbish the Nobel laureate's legacy.

Diagnosed with liver cancer at the end of May, he was granted "medical parole", and died on Thursday, aged 61.

"Liu Xiaobo, and his wife Liu Xia, are the faces of liberty in China".

US President Donald Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron were among Western leaders offering praise for Mr Liu. "She is at this moment the person who is suffering most", Hu said.

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Meo, his friend said, is "the most good-hearted, loyal, hard-working young man I've ever met in my life". Meo's girlfriend last spoke with him through text messages on Friday night, shortly before 7 p.m.

Liu Xia has been living under house arrest in Beijing ever since her husband was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010.

Rights groups and Western governments have mourned Liu Xiaobo's death and also called for Chinese authorities to allow his wife and the rest of his family to move around freely.

Though the White House issued only a short statement on Liu's death, other branches of the USA government issued more detailed responses to the news.

The following officials must also held responsible for mistreating Liu Xiaobo and denying him medical care: Chen Qiufa, the governor of Liaoning province; Li Xi, the secretary of the Liaoning provincial committee of the Communist Party; Ma Zhenfeng, the former director of Jinzhou prison, in Liaoning province, where Liu Xiaobo, was held; and Wang Zhansuo, his successor.

"CHRD urges the global community to do everything possible to free Liu Xia, Liu Xiaobo's wife and the love of his life", the group said in a statement on its website.

Liu "was the enfant bad of the late-1980s intellectual scene in Beijing", said journalist Orville Schell, an acquaintance of Liu's who is now a China scholar at the Asia Society in NY.

"If we don't join the students in the square and face the same kind of danger, then we don't have any right to speak", Xiaobo was quoted by Hou.

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