China: Political prisoner Liu Xiaobo dies

Source: USA Today

“The imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo has died of multiple organ failure, Chinese officials announced Thursday. He was 61. Friends of Liu had risked detention earlier Thursday by visiting the First Hospital of China Medical University where he was being treated under guard for advanced liver cancer in northeast China. … Liu was convicted in 2009 of inciting subversion for his role in the ‘Charter 08’ movement calling for political reform and was sentenced to 11 years in prison. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize a year later while serving his sentence. Liu, a former professor, had helped negotiate with the military for the safe passage of students during the 1989 Tiananmen Square protest.” (07/13/17)