Switzerland 'deeply saddened' by Liu's death

Jul 15, 2017, 00:30
Switzerland 'deeply saddened' by Liu's death

Any means. This "You can't make an omelette without breaking eggs" wisdom received a reality check with the news of the death of Chinese human rights activist, dissident and Nobel Peace Prize victor Liu Xiaobo on Thursday.

Paintings of empty chairs referenced the empty seat at Liu Xiaobo's 2010 ceremony for the Nobel Peace Prize, which the Chinese government refused to release him to receive.

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.

U.S. State Secretary Rex Tillerson had also called on the Chinese government to "release Liu Xia from house arrest and allow her to depart China, according to her wishes".

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein urged China to guarantee his widow, Liu Xia, freedom of movement, and allow her to travel overseas should she want to.

A plainclothes Chinese security guard attempts to stop a photographer from taking photos of an apartment building where Liu Xia, the widow of Chinese dissident and Nobel Prize victor Liu Xiaobo, has been living under house arrest in Beijing on July 14, 2017.

Meanwhile, the United States and the European Union paid tribute to Liu Xiaobo as it urged President Xi Jinping's government to let his wife, the poet Liu Xia, under house arrest since 2010, leave the country.

Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman, Steffen Seibert, told reporters Wednesday that Liu, who is suffering from advanced liver cancer, has asked to leave with his wife for treatment overseas.

Mo Shaoping, Liu Xiaobo's lawyer, said there was no legal reason for China to prevent Liu Xia from leaving the country.

Box office report: Spider-Man: Homecoming swings into No.1
It went on to gross $335 million at home and a further $555 million overseas for a total haul of $890 million. Coming in at #3 is director Edgar Wright's Baby Driver , with an estimated $12.8 million from US audiences.

Blizzard finally reveals some info on Overwatch character Doomfist
With this ability , he leaps into the air and then smashes into his target location, dealing significant area of effect damage. But you may notice something a little different than what you were expecting if you listen to Doomfist's speaking voice.

Payments giant Worldpay agrees to a $10B acquisition offer from Vantiv
Vantiv will dominate the board with seven members, including Charles Drucker as executive chairman and co-chief executive. Shares in the British firm slumped over 10 percent after JPMorgan said it does not intend to make an offer for Worldpay.

"Despite enduring years of persecution, suppression and imprisonment, Liu Xiaobo continued to fight for his convictions", Shetty said.

In a sign of China's growing confidence, the state-controlled Global Times newspaper said in an English-language editorial that "the West has bestowed upon Liu a halo, which will not linger".

As Liu Xiaobo remained behind bars until recently, Liu Xia, 56, had paid a heavy price for simply being his wife.

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Liu Xiaobo has died in Chinese custody at the age of 61.

The 1989 pro-democracy protests centered in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, by Liu's account, were the "major turning point" of his life.

United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Thursday that the United Nations chief sent his condolences to Liu's family and friends. In the same statement Liu had prepared for his trial, he addressed his wife.

In May 2017, Liu was diagnosed with liver cancer. But whereas Xi vaguely defined this dream as working toward a stronger Communist Party-controlled country, she defined it as the kind of democratic China that Liu had strived for. He is the first Nobel Peace Prize victor to die in state custody since 1938, when German pacifist Carl von Ossietzky died after years in Nazi Germany's concentration camps. Some critics warned that the treatment of Mr. Liu has marred China's worldwide reputation and tarnished the legacy of President Xi Jinping, who has taken a hard line against dissidents.

The Chinese embassy in Oslo explained that a visa could not be granted to meet a deceased person and that it would require an invitation from either Liu's widow or relative, NRK reported. Though President Barack Obama raised the issue of Liu's detention shortly after the activist won the Nobel Peace Prize, he too shied away from commenting on it at other times, and threatened to veto a Senate bill that would have renamed the street in front of the Chinese Embassy "Liu Xiaobo Plaza".

House Foreign Affairs subcommittee chairman Chris Smith (R-N.J.) said Beijing is responsible for the recent death of Chinese dissident and human rights activist Liu Xiaobo.

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE
  • New York City Commuters Brace For 'Summer Of Hell'

    New York City Commuters Brace For 'Summer Of Hell'

    In response to the issues, PATH is adding enough trains so that one will arrive every five minutes. Service has been stepped up by trains, buses and ferries in anticipation of the busier commute.
    $100M for cities devastated by BC wildfires

    $100M for cities devastated by BC wildfires

    About 1,000 firefighters are battling the blaze, which officials said has led to the evacuation of some 7,500 people. State of Emergency declared in British Columbia as fires blaze throughout the Canadian province.

    Total signs Iran's 1st global energy deal since sanctions eased

    When the initial deal was signed in November, Pouyanne, Total's CEO, said: "We're the first Western major to return to Iran ". That led to the European Union terminating many economic sanctions including the embargo on purchasing crude oil and gas.
  • Wimbledon: Djokovic in quarters after beating Mannarino in postponed match

    Wimbledon: Djokovic in quarters after beating Mannarino in postponed match

    There were 6 mini-breaks in the first 7 points but Novak managed to convert his second set point to increase his lead to 2-0. In the last five matches of Adrian Mannarino , he has won four matches and lost one match in Antalya against Yuichi Sugita.
    Mexico President Hopes US Relations Will Focus on 'Positive Ends'

    Mexico President Hopes US Relations Will Focus on 'Positive Ends'

    The two leaders held a bilateral meeting at the G20 summit and shook hands afterward in front of a swarm of reporters. The border wall charade is limping forward, even if Congress refuses to fund the effort.
    Peter Sagan disqualified from Tour de France after Stage 4 crash

    Peter Sagan disqualified from Tour de France after Stage 4 crash

    Sagan's 2017 Tour de France campaign is over' with an UCI official saying his actions "endangered several riders". Cavendish wasn't happy with the contact he received from Sagan, who he felt hit him with an extended elbow.
  • BC wildfire service

    BC wildfire service "optimistic" about 150 mile fire

    In Butte County, some residents returned to their neighborhoods only to find their homes destroyed by the 5,800-acre Wall Fire. As chief, he said his signature is required to enforce the evacuation order on the reserve, which he chose not to authorize.
    Cruz Holds Austin Town Hall On Health Care With Veterans

    Cruz Holds Austin Town Hall On Health Care With Veterans

    Some conservatives, including Cruz, have backed repealing ObamaCare now, with a delayed "off ramp" and replacing it separately. The gist is this: Health insurers could sell non-Obamacare plans as long as they also sold Obamacare-compliant insurance.
    Cheapest gas prices in 10 years welcome holiday weekend travelers

    Cheapest gas prices in 10 years welcome holiday weekend travelers

    This is the first time in Gasbuddy's 17-year history that prices will be lower on July 4 than they were on New Year's Day. Average retail gasoline prices in Wyoming have fallen 6.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.27/g yesterday.
  • SEX SCANDAL: Pope's aide arrives Australia to face charges

    SEX SCANDAL: Pope's aide arrives Australia to face charges

    It was his first appearance outside of Rome since police laid the charges. "News of these charges strengthens my resolve". Authorities only said there were multiple charges and "multiple complainants".
    Harden signs extension, giving him richest National Basketball Association  deal ever

    Harden signs extension, giving him richest National Basketball Association deal ever

    According to ESPN's Bobby Marks, the deal could be among the biggest extensions in National Basketball Association history. Earlier reports from NY stated that the Knicks are open to trading the All-Star in a deal that will benefit both sides.
    Security beefed up in Valley

    Security beefed up in Valley

    Its top leader based in Pakistani-controlled Kashmir, Syed Salahuddin, was recently designated as a "global terrorist" by the U.S. Separatist leaders, who challenge India's sovereignty over Kashmir, called for a strike and protests to honor Wani.
popular