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Liu Xia will not be at Liu Xiaobo memorial service

2018-07-12 HKT 23:41
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  • A social media post by Martin Liao shows a happy Liu Xia in Germany.
    A social media post by Martin Liao shows a happy Liu Xia in Germany.
The service on Friday at the Gethsemane Church in Berlin will commemorate the passing of the dissident, and Nobel Peace laureate, Liu Xiaobo. But his widow, Liu Xia, will not be there.

That's according to Martin Liao, president of the Independent Chinese PEN Centre, who was among a group of friends Liu Xia met with in the German capital on Thursday.

She also said Liu Xia would not be speaking to the media in the near future, because she still has family members in China.

And according to photos posted by Liao on social media, Liu Xia was all smiles while posing with a youngster.

About 1,000 people are expected to attend the memorial, among them former German President Joachim Gauck – who will be there in his personal capacity – and Herta Müller, a Romanian-born German novelist and the 2009 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, who will be reciting Liu Xia's poetry.

Meanwhile, German officials say Liu Xia will be allowed to live and work in the country for as long as she wants, without the need to apply for political asylum.

It's believed that she's staying at a flat in Berlin arranged by the German government.

Liu Xia had spent eight years under house arrest in China.