“Even if I were crushed into powder, I would still use my ashes to embrace you"
Liu Xia was placed under house arrest when her husband was given the Nobel
peace prize in 2010. ‘Kafka could not have written anything more absurd than this,’
she said. Photograph: Ng Han Guan/AP
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South China Morning Post
China tells world to stay out of its 'domestic affairs' over Liu Xiaobo's death
having condemned Liu to a quarter of his life behind bars, China’s leaders were seeking to control his funeral.
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The Chinese Communist Party has established a tyranny over its citizens. It brutally punishes those who call for democracy and for adherence to its own constitution. Its cruelty towards the brave individuals who insist on the freedom of conscience is an indicator of totalitarianism; and the Partys' fear of truthful speech. The treatment of Liu is a barbarity that must be condemned. It is hard to believe that the wife of a dying man and he himself could be such a threat to the Chinese super-power that even their brief meeting would need to be so severely curtailed: "In the past three years, Liu Xia has not been allowed to deliver her letters to her husband when visiting him. Liu Xiaobo used to be able to receive his wife's letters from his lawyers through her younger brother Liu Hui. Now, the prison simply returns the unread letters to her. During the past three months, his lawyer has even been refused visits with him." All those who stand for democracy and human rights should support the struggle for democracy in China. If Liu passes away his death will be one more act of criminality committed by the CCP: DS