Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo dies in custody, struck by liver cancer

Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo dies in custody, struck by liver cancerBy Joseph Campbell SHENYANG, China (Reuters) – Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, a prominent dissident since the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests, died on Thursday after being denied permission to leave the country for treatment for late-stage liver cancer. Mourning his death, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Liu was a “courageous fighter for civil rights and freedom of expression”, while the French, British and U.S. governments called on China to allow Liu’s family to move around freely. Already seriously ill, Liu, a thorn in the ruling Communist Party’s side since he helped negotiate a deal to allow protesters to leave Tiananmen Square before troops and tanks rolled in, was moved last month from prison to a hospital in the northeastern city of Shenyang.



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