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Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo dies

Liu Xiaobo makes a point during a March 1995 file photo. Chinese Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo, who was being treated for late-stage liver cancer, died on Thursday of multiple organ failure at age 61, the government said, having not been allowed to leave the country for treatment as he wished. Liu was being treated in a hospital in the northeastern Chinese city of Shenyang, having been admitted in June after being diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer.

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Liu Xiaobo makes a point during a March 1995 file photo. Chinese Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo, who was being treated for late-stage liver cancer, died on Thursday of multiple organ failure at age 61, the government said, having not been allowed to...more

Liu Xiaobo makes a point during a March 1995 file photo. Chinese Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo, who was being treated for late-stage liver cancer, died on Thursday of multiple organ failure at age 61, the government said, having not been allowed to leave the country for treatment as he wished. Liu was being treated in a hospital in the northeastern Chinese city of Shenyang, having been admitted in June after being diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer. REUTERS/Will Burgess/Files
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Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee Thorbjoern Jagland looks down at the Nobel certificate and medal on the empty chair where Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo would have sat, as a portrait of Liu is seen in the background, during the ceremony at Oslo City Hall December 10, 2010. Liu, 61, was jailed for 11 years in 2009 for "inciting subversion of state power" after he helped write a petition known as "Charter 08" calling for sweeping political reforms.

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Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee Thorbjoern Jagland looks down at the Nobel certificate and medal on the empty chair where Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo would have sat, as a portrait of Liu is seen in the background, during the...more

Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee Thorbjoern Jagland looks down at the Nobel certificate and medal on the empty chair where Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo would have sat, as a portrait of Liu is seen in the background, during the ceremony at Oslo City Hall December 10, 2010. Liu, 61, was jailed for 11 years in 2009 for "inciting subversion of state power" after he helped write a petition known as "Charter 08" calling for sweeping political reforms. REUTERS/Heiko Junge/Scanpix Norway/Pool
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Liu Xia, wife of Liu Xiaobo, looks out of a car window after a trial outside a court in the Huairou district of Beijing June 9, 2013. The court sentenced Liu Hui, brother-in-law of Liu Xiaobo, to 11 years in prison on charges of fraud in a case that rights activists have called another example of official retribution on the Liu family. REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic

Liu Xia, wife of Liu Xiaobo, looks out of a car window after a trial outside a court in the Huairou district of Beijing June 9, 2013. The court sentenced Liu Hui, brother-in-law of Liu Xiaobo, to 11 years in prison on charges of fraud in a case that...more

Liu Xia, wife of Liu Xiaobo, looks out of a car window after a trial outside a court in the Huairou district of Beijing June 9, 2013. The court sentenced Liu Hui, brother-in-law of Liu Xiaobo, to 11 years in prison on charges of fraud in a case that rights activists have called another example of official retribution on the Liu family. REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic
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Liu Xiaobo is seen in this undated photo released by his families. His wife, Liu Xia, had told Reuters previously that her husband wanted to dedicate the Nobel prize to those who died in the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown. "He said this prize should go to all the victims of June 4," Liu Xia said, after she was allowed to visit him in jail following the announcement of the prize. "He felt sad, quite upset. He cried. He felt it was hard to deal with."

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Liu Xiaobo is seen in this undated photo released by his families. His wife, Liu Xia, had told Reuters previously that her husband wanted to dedicate the Nobel prize to those who died in the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown. "He said this prize should go to...more

Liu Xiaobo is seen in this undated photo released by his families. His wife, Liu Xia, had told Reuters previously that her husband wanted to dedicate the Nobel prize to those who died in the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown. "He said this prize should go to all the victims of June 4," Liu Xia said, after she was allowed to visit him in jail following the announcement of the prize. "He felt sad, quite upset. He cried. He felt it was hard to deal with." Handout via REUTERS
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Pro-democracy activists mourn the death of Liu Xiaobo, outside China's Liaison Office in Hong Kong, China July 13, 2017. Despite being given multiple forms of treatment, his illness had continued to worsen, the Shenyang Bureau of Justice said in a statement. Rights groups and Western governments had urged China to allow Liu and his wife, Liu Xia, to leave the country to be treated abroad, as Liu had said he wanted. But the government had warned repeatedly against interference and said Liu was being treated by renowned Chinese cancer experts.

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Pro-democracy activists mourn the death of Liu Xiaobo, outside China's Liaison Office in Hong Kong, China July 13, 2017. Despite being given multiple forms of treatment, his illness had continued to worsen, the Shenyang Bureau of Justice said in a...more

Pro-democracy activists mourn the death of Liu Xiaobo, outside China's Liaison Office in Hong Kong, China July 13, 2017. Despite being given multiple forms of treatment, his illness had continued to worsen, the Shenyang Bureau of Justice said in a statement. Rights groups and Western governments had urged China to allow Liu and his wife, Liu Xia, to leave the country to be treated abroad, as Liu had said he wanted. But the government had warned repeatedly against interference and said Liu was being treated by renowned Chinese cancer experts. REUTERS/Bobby Yip
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A picture of Liu Xiaobo is seen at an exhibition at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo December 10, 2010. During a hunger strike days before the Chinese army crushed the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy movement on June 4, 1989, the man who would become China's best known dissident, Liu Xiaobo, declared: "We have no enemies." When being tried in 2009 on charges of inciting subversion of state power for helping write Charter 08 - a pro-democracy manifesto calling for an end to one-party rule - Liu reaffirmed: "I have no enemies and no hatred."

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A picture of Liu Xiaobo is seen at an exhibition at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo December 10, 2010. During a hunger strike days before the Chinese army crushed the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy movement on June 4, 1989, the man who would become...more

A picture of Liu Xiaobo is seen at an exhibition at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo December 10, 2010. During a hunger strike days before the Chinese army crushed the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy movement on June 4, 1989, the man who would become China's best known dissident, Liu Xiaobo, declared: "We have no enemies." When being tried in 2009 on charges of inciting subversion of state power for helping write Charter 08 - a pro-democracy manifesto calling for an end to one-party rule - Liu reaffirmed: "I have no enemies and no hatred." REUTERS/Berit Roald/ Scanpix Norway
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Members of the Australian Tibetan community stand together as they hold placards during a candlelight vigil for Liu Xiaobo outside the Chinese consulate in Sydney, Australia, July 12, 2017. Liu had been a thorn in Beijing's side since 1989, when he helped negotiate a deal to allow protesters to leave Tiananmen Square before troops and tanks rolled in. "Using the law to promote rights can only have a limited impact when the judiciary is not independent," Liu told Reuters in 2006, when he was under house arrest, in comments typical of those that have angered the government.

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Members of the Australian Tibetan community stand together as they hold placards during a candlelight vigil for Liu Xiaobo outside the Chinese consulate in Sydney, Australia, July 12, 2017. Liu had been a thorn in Beijing's side since 1989, when he...more

Members of the Australian Tibetan community stand together as they hold placards during a candlelight vigil for Liu Xiaobo outside the Chinese consulate in Sydney, Australia, July 12, 2017. Liu had been a thorn in Beijing's side since 1989, when he helped negotiate a deal to allow protesters to leave Tiananmen Square before troops and tanks rolled in. "Using the law to promote rights can only have a limited impact when the judiciary is not independent," Liu told Reuters in 2006, when he was under house arrest, in comments typical of those that have angered the government. REUTERS/Steven Saphore
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Members of the European Parliament wear tee shirts with the slogan "Free Liu Xiaobo" as they take part in a voting session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, November 23, 2010. Charter 08 alarmed the Communist Party more for the 350 signatures -- dignitaries from all walks of life -- he collected than its content, political analysts said. The manifesto was modelled on the Charter 77 petition that became a rallying call for the human rights movement in communist Czechoslovakia in 1977.

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Members of the European Parliament wear tee shirts with the slogan "Free Liu Xiaobo" as they take part in a voting session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, November 23, 2010. Charter 08 alarmed the Communist Party more for the 350 signatures...more

Members of the European Parliament wear tee shirts with the slogan "Free Liu Xiaobo" as they take part in a voting session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, November 23, 2010. Charter 08 alarmed the Communist Party more for the 350 signatures -- dignitaries from all walks of life -- he collected than its content, political analysts said. The manifesto was modelled on the Charter 77 petition that became a rallying call for the human rights movement in communist Czechoslovakia in 1977. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler
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A supporter of Liu Xiaobo is pushed into a police car after scuffling with officers outside the courthouse where Liu is on trial in Beijing December 23, 2009. Liu had ceaselessly campaigned for the rights of the Tiananmen Mothers of victims of the crackdown. He was much better known abroad than at home due to a government ban on internet and state media discussion of the Tiananmen protests, and of him, aside from the odd editorial condemning him.

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A supporter of Liu Xiaobo is pushed into a police car after scuffling with officers outside the courthouse where Liu is on trial in Beijing December 23, 2009. Liu had ceaselessly campaigned for the rights of the Tiananmen Mothers of victims of the...more

A supporter of Liu Xiaobo is pushed into a police car after scuffling with officers outside the courthouse where Liu is on trial in Beijing December 23, 2009. Liu had ceaselessly campaigned for the rights of the Tiananmen Mothers of victims of the crackdown. He was much better known abroad than at home due to a government ban on internet and state media discussion of the Tiananmen protests, and of him, aside from the odd editorial condemning him. REUTERS/David Gray
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Hong Kong legislator and activist Leung Kwok-hung, also known as "Long Hair", gestures after being detained by police at a protest demanding the release of Liu Xiaobo, during Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit, in Hong Kong, China July 1, 2017. Liu was considered a moderate by fellow dissidents and international rights groups. But they say the Communist Party is insecure and paranoid, fearing anyone or anything that it perceives as a threat to stability. In 2003, Liu wrote an essay, calling for the embalmed corpse of Chairman Mao Zedong to be removed from a mausoleum on Tiananmen Square. Mao is still a demigod to many in China.

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Hong Kong legislator and activist Leung Kwok-hung, also known as "Long Hair", gestures after being detained by police at a protest demanding the release of Liu Xiaobo, during Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit, in Hong Kong, China July 1, 2017. Liu...more

Hong Kong legislator and activist Leung Kwok-hung, also known as "Long Hair", gestures after being detained by police at a protest demanding the release of Liu Xiaobo, during Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit, in Hong Kong, China July 1, 2017. Liu was considered a moderate by fellow dissidents and international rights groups. But they say the Communist Party is insecure and paranoid, fearing anyone or anything that it perceives as a threat to stability. In 2003, Liu wrote an essay, calling for the embalmed corpse of Chairman Mao Zedong to be removed from a mausoleum on Tiananmen Square. Mao is still a demigod to many in China. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
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Pro-democracy lawmakers wear paper masks of Liu Xiaobo during a motion debate demanding his release inside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong January 13, 2010. Over the years, Liu won numerous human rights and free speech awards from organisations including Reporters Without Borders, Human Rights Watch and Hong Kong's Human Rights Press Awards. His books have been published in Germany, Japan, the United States, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

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Pro-democracy lawmakers wear paper masks of Liu Xiaobo during a motion debate demanding his release inside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong January 13, 2010. Over the years, Liu won numerous human rights and free speech awards from organisations...more

Pro-democracy lawmakers wear paper masks of Liu Xiaobo during a motion debate demanding his release inside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong January 13, 2010. Over the years, Liu won numerous human rights and free speech awards from organisations including Reporters Without Borders, Human Rights Watch and Hong Kong's Human Rights Press Awards. His books have been published in Germany, Japan, the United States, Hong Kong and Taiwan. REUTERS/Bobby Yip
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Workers prepare the Nobel Peace Prize laureate exhibition "I Have No Enemies" for Liu Xiaobo at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo December 9, 2010. A hero to many in the West, Liu was branded a traitor by Chinese nationalists. He had come under fire from nationalists for his comments in a 2006 interview with Hong Kong's now-defunct Open magazine in which he said China would "need 300 years of colonisation for it to become like what Hong Kong is today". The government considered him a criminal.

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Workers prepare the Nobel Peace Prize laureate exhibition "I Have No Enemies" for Liu Xiaobo at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo December 9, 2010. A hero to many in the West, Liu was branded a traitor by Chinese nationalists. He had come under fire...more

Workers prepare the Nobel Peace Prize laureate exhibition "I Have No Enemies" for Liu Xiaobo at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo December 9, 2010. A hero to many in the West, Liu was branded a traitor by Chinese nationalists. He had come under fire from nationalists for his comments in a 2006 interview with Hong Kong's now-defunct Open magazine in which he said China would "need 300 years of colonisation for it to become like what Hong Kong is today". The government considered him a criminal. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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An image of Liu Xiaobo is projected on a hotel in the centre of Oslo following the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony December 10, 2010. REUTERS/Toby Melville

An image of Liu Xiaobo is projected on a hotel in the centre of Oslo following the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony December 10, 2010. REUTERS/Toby Melville

An image of Liu Xiaobo is projected on a hotel in the centre of Oslo following the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony December 10, 2010. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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Liu Xia, the wife of Liu Xiaobo, holds a photo of her husband during an interview in Beijing October 3, 2010. REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic

Liu Xia, the wife of Liu Xiaobo, holds a photo of her husband during an interview in Beijing October 3, 2010. REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic

Liu Xia, the wife of Liu Xiaobo, holds a photo of her husband during an interview in Beijing October 3, 2010. REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic
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A pro-democracy protester cries during the live broadcast of the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Hong Kong's Charter Garden December 10, 2010. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

A pro-democracy protester cries during the live broadcast of the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Hong Kong's Charter Garden December 10, 2010. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

A pro-democracy protester cries during the live broadcast of the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Hong Kong's Charter Garden December 10, 2010. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
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Liu Xia, wife of Liu Xiaobo, wipes her eyes as she speaks during an interview in Beijing June 24, 2009. Liu Xia had been living under house arrest since her husband won the Nobel prize, but had been allowed to visit him in prison about once a month. She suffers from depression. She was allowed to be with him in the hospital where he spent his last days.

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Liu Xia, wife of Liu Xiaobo, wipes her eyes as she speaks during an interview in Beijing June 24, 2009. Liu Xia had been living under house arrest since her husband won the Nobel prize, but had been allowed to visit him in prison about once a month....more

Liu Xia, wife of Liu Xiaobo, wipes her eyes as she speaks during an interview in Beijing June 24, 2009. Liu Xia had been living under house arrest since her husband won the Nobel prize, but had been allowed to visit him in prison about once a month. She suffers from depression. She was allowed to be with him in the hospital where he spent his last days. REUTERS/David Gray
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Chinese artist Ai Wei Wei (C) walks past police as he arrives to give support to Liu Xiaobo, outside the courthouse where Liu is on trial in Beijing December 23, 2009. REUTERS/David Gray

Chinese artist Ai Wei Wei (C) walks past police as he arrives to give support to Liu Xiaobo, outside the courthouse where Liu is on trial in Beijing December 23, 2009. REUTERS/David Gray

Chinese artist Ai Wei Wei (C) walks past police as he arrives to give support to Liu Xiaobo, outside the courthouse where Liu is on trial in Beijing December 23, 2009. REUTERS/David Gray
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Policewomen take video and photographs of journalists outside the courthouse where Liu Xiaobo is on trial in Beijing December 23, 2009. REUTERS/David Gray

Policewomen take video and photographs of journalists outside the courthouse where Liu Xiaobo is on trial in Beijing December 23, 2009. REUTERS/David Gray

Policewomen take video and photographs of journalists outside the courthouse where Liu Xiaobo is on trial in Beijing December 23, 2009. REUTERS/David Gray
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A policeman holds the microphone cable of a television media crew as he tries to stop them from running towards the court where the appeal verdict of Liu Hui, is announced, in the Huairou district of Beijing August 16, 2013. A Chinese court rejected an appeal by Liu Hui, the brother-in-law of Liu Xiaobo, upholding his 11-year sentence on fraud charges, a case seen as another example of official retribution on the Liu family. REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic

A policeman holds the microphone cable of a television media crew as he tries to stop them from running towards the court where the appeal verdict of Liu Hui, is announced, in the Huairou district of Beijing August 16, 2013. A Chinese court rejected...more

A policeman holds the microphone cable of a television media crew as he tries to stop them from running towards the court where the appeal verdict of Liu Hui, is announced, in the Huairou district of Beijing August 16, 2013. A Chinese court rejected an appeal by Liu Hui, the brother-in-law of Liu Xiaobo, upholding his 11-year sentence on fraud charges, a case seen as another example of official retribution on the Liu family. REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic
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A pro-democracy activist shaves her head during a protest to call for the release of Liu Xia, wife of Liu Xiaobo, in Hong Kong February 14, 2014. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

A pro-democracy activist shaves her head during a protest to call for the release of Liu Xia, wife of Liu Xiaobo, in Hong Kong February 14, 2014. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

A pro-democracy activist shaves her head during a protest to call for the release of Liu Xia, wife of Liu Xiaobo, in Hong Kong February 14, 2014. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
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A visitor stands in front of a photograph of Liu Xiaobo carrying a puppet, taken by his wife Liu Xia, during her photo exhibition in Hong Kong June 9, 2012. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

A visitor stands in front of a photograph of Liu Xiaobo carrying a puppet, taken by his wife Liu Xia, during her photo exhibition in Hong Kong June 9, 2012. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

A visitor stands in front of a photograph of Liu Xiaobo carrying a puppet, taken by his wife Liu Xia, during her photo exhibition in Hong Kong June 9, 2012. REUTERS/Bobby Yip
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A protester holds an image of Liu Xiaobo outside of the Chinese Embassy in Oslo December 9, 2010. REUTERS/Toby Melville

A protester holds an image of Liu Xiaobo outside of the Chinese Embassy in Oslo December 9, 2010. REUTERS/Toby Melville

A protester holds an image of Liu Xiaobo outside of the Chinese Embassy in Oslo December 9, 2010. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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Pro-democracy activists continue their sit-in demanding the release of Liu Xiaobo, outside China's Liaison Office in Hong Kong, China July 12, 2017. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

Pro-democracy activists continue their sit-in demanding the release of Liu Xiaobo, outside China's Liaison Office in Hong Kong, China July 12, 2017. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

Pro-democracy activists continue their sit-in demanding the release of Liu Xiaobo, outside China's Liaison Office in Hong Kong, China July 12, 2017. REUTERS/Bobby Yip
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A protester holds a portrait of Liu Xiaobo as she step on portraits of Chinese President Xi Jinping during a candlelight vigil demanding the release of Liu, ahead of 20th anniversary of the city's handover from British to Chinese rule, in Hong Kong, China June 29, 2017. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

A protester holds a portrait of Liu Xiaobo as she step on portraits of Chinese President Xi Jinping during a candlelight vigil demanding the release of Liu, ahead of 20th anniversary of the city's handover from British to Chinese rule, in Hong Kong,...more

A protester holds a portrait of Liu Xiaobo as she step on portraits of Chinese President Xi Jinping during a candlelight vigil demanding the release of Liu, ahead of 20th anniversary of the city's handover from British to Chinese rule, in Hong Kong, China June 29, 2017. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
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