Activists around the world are commemorating the first anniversary of the death of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo on Friday, urging people to carry on his spirit and promote democratic development in China.
In a statement, a group set up by his supporters, Xiaowaves, said it’s happy that late dissident’s widow, Liu Xia, can finally live freely in Germany. But it urged people not to forget the fact that China put her under house arrest for eight years.
It also called on people to mark the anniversary at watersides as ashes of Liu Xiaobo were scattered in the sea last year.
A former student leader, Wang Dan, who’s now living in exile in the US, also called on people to continue signing Charter 08 – a manifesto co-authored by Liu Xiaobo which advocates reforms to bring democracy and freedom to China.
Liu Xiaobo was sentenced in 2009 to eleven years' imprisonment for "inciting subversion of state power".
A memorial service will be held at a church in Berlin but Liu Xia probably will not show up as she's worried her attendance may threaten the safety of her brother, Liu Hui, who’s still under Chinese authorities’ close watch in Beijing.
In Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China plan a memorial event at Tamar Park on Friday evening to commemorate Liu Xiaobo.
Liu Xiaobo died of liver cancer at the age of 61 on July 13 last year.
Activists mark anniversary of Liu Xiaobo's death
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