Hong Kongers Remember Chinese Dissident Liu Xiaobo With Candlelight March

China says Taiwan remarks on dissident Liu 'very dangerous'

Thousands of people have staged a march in Hong Kong to remember the late Chinese dissident and Nobel peace prize laureate Liu Xiaobo.

Liu's body was cremated on Saturday morning.

The global tributes to Liu Xiaobo may be memorialising him as a tireless advocate for democracy and human rights, but here in China the news of his death is being heavily censored, and when he is mentioned, he is described as a convicted criminal.

Liu died Thursday from multiple organ failure that followed a battle with liver cancer while serving an 11-year sentence for incitement to subvert state power. Zhang said that the dissident was cremated in a "private" ceremony under tight security.

"On behalf of Liu Xia and Liu Xiaobo's other family members, I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the humanistic care from the Party and the government", Liu Xiaoguang said. And yet, the regime went on treating him like a top enemy of the state, sentencing him on a trumped-up charge to 11 years in prison and ruthlessly detaining his wife, Liu Xia, while also sentencing her brother, Liu Hui, to 11 years in prison on another trumped-up charge.

"The world needs to mobilise to rescue her - and fast", he wrote in a statement.

"She's under house arrest because the Chinese government did not want the spouse of the world's only imprisoned Peace Prize laureate to advocate for his freedom around the world, or to speak out publicly in China", Mr Genser said. "We saw from authorities' photos of the funeral that she is weak and pained", Mr Hu said.

Merkel spokesman Steffen Seibert said Friday that Germany has supported a "humanitarian solution" for the couple "and that will not end from one day to the next with the very regrettable death of Liu Xiaobo".

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The government also said some of Liu's friends attended the ceremony, a claim that was disputed by people who have always been close to Liu.

Liu's elder brother, also addressing reporters at the briefing, thanked the ruling Communist Party and the government for its handling of his brother's funeral.

The Liaoning Prison Administrative Bureau announced on June 26 on its website that Liu had been granted medical parole after being diagnosed with liver cancer during a routine physical check conducted by the Jinzhou Prison on May 31.

Steven Wong, 45, had traveled from Singapore to attend the march, saying he had respected Liu for many years.

Another picture shows what appears to be a box containing Liu's ashes being presented to Liu Xia, as she clasps a black and white photograph of her husband.

China has bristled previously at Tsai's comments on China's political system.

There is little mention of Liu in China's heavily censored state media and social networking platforms. "Deification of Liu by the West will be eventually overshadowed by China's denial of him".

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