China says Nobel laureate cremated and his wife is “free”
Shenyang, China (Reuters) – Dissident dissident dissident peacemaker Liu Xiaobo was cremated Saturday and his wife is “free,” a government official said, while a state newspaper of the attacked as a “despised” criminal with The Chinese society.
Liu, 61, died of multiple organ failure Thursday in a hospital in Shenyang, northeast of the country, where he was treated for late-stage liver cancer after being released but not paid.
He was jailed for 11 years in 2009 for “inciting subversion of state power” after he helped write a petition called “Charter 08,” which advocates radical political reforms.
His wife, Liu Xia, was actually checked back home since her husband won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010, but was allowed to do the prison once a month. She was never formally charged with a crime.
The city government information officer, Zhang Qingyang, said Liu Xiaobo was creamy Saturday morning, according to the wishes of his relatives and local customs.
His wife, Liu Xia, was present, and was given the ashes, Zhang said at a news conference in Shenyang.
“I think Liu Xia is at large,” he said, adding that, as a Chinese citizen, his rights would be protected by law.
“But she just lost her wife.He is very sad.In the aftermath of Liu Xiaobo’s death, she did not take the outside disturbances.It is the family’s wish.It is natural.”
Zhang did not say where Liu Xia was currently.
A government statement said Mozart’s Requiem was played during the funeral, a musical work that Mozart left unfinished on his deathbed.
Liu Xia, wife of China’s pro-democracy activist Liu Xiaobo was suggested during an interview in Beijing on June 24, 2009.
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Liu’s family lawyer Mo Shaoping told Reuters he did not know whether the cremation was in line with the family’s wishes, however, because they had not been reached.
“They are probably still under the supervision and control of the authorities,” Mo said. “They can not be contacted.”
In the funeral photographs distributed by the government, Liu Xia and other family members stood around the coffin containing Liu’s body, surrounded by white flowers signifying mourning in China.
Another image shows what appears to be a box containing the ashes Liu introduced to Liu Xia, while grabbing a black and white photograph of her husband.