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Pro-democracy Chinese Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo dies in custody

Newspatrolling: China’s Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo died today, losing the battle to cancer. He was still in custody when he died. His death reflects the uncaring attitude of the Chinese government. Voices were raised all across the globe to let him live a free man in his final days, but Chinese government turned a deaf ear to all such pleadings. Liu Xiaobo was 61 years old when he died. Just around a month back, he was transferred from prison to a heavily-fortified hospital, where he was receiving treatment for late-stage liver cancer. According to the legal bureau in the northeastern city of Shenyang, Liu died three days after being shifted to the intensive care department at the First Hospital of China Medical University.

Pro-democracy supporters in China feel that the pro-democracy movement in China has lost a prominent voice after the death of Liu. It may be recalled that Liu was a strong critic of the Chinese political system and he wanted a democratic system to be established in China. As he died in custody, he now shares the dubious distinction of being the second Nobel Peace Prize laureate to die in custody. The first such death was of German pacifist Carl von Ossietzky who had died in 1938 when he was being held by the Nazis. Several countries had offered to treat Liu, but Chinese government rejected all such offers.

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