Subjected to criticism from various quarters, China today said that awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to "dissident" and pro-democracy activist Liu Xiaobo amounted to "blasphemy" and it alleged that several countries, including the USA, has been making "irresponsible statements" on his death.Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said,"Conferring the prize to such a person goes against the purposes of this award. At the same time he had dignity", he said. "One can create some waves against the current, but history will eventually wash away these traces".
It was in May 1989 Xiaobo rose to global prominence when he left his job as a visiting scholar in Columbia University for Beijing to join thousands of students in a protest in Tianenmen Square. He was arrested for inciting subversion in December 2008 and sentenced to 11 years imprisonment in December 2009.
One of Mr Liu's last wishes was to leave China and get medical treatment in Germany or America for his advanced lung cancer. "In his death, he has only reaffirmed the Nobel Committee's selection", the statement read.
The legislation - which echoed the 1980s naming of a section of the street then home to the Soviet Embassy for the dissident Andrei Sakharov - did not advance, and similar bills were introduced in the Senate and House in May this year. The muzzling of dissent may have been perfected long ago as an art form in the People's Republic of China.
The government would not allow Xiaobo to seek medical treatment outside of China.
Liu Xiaobo spent more than a decade in prison for his tireless efforts to bring about political reform and democracy in China. Former president George W. Bush also issued a statement, saying Liu was a political prisoner of conscience who had "dared to dream of a China that respected human rights".
"I wanted him to live a little longer - at least until the end of his prison term", said journalist Seiichiro Aso, who has penned many books on democratic movements in China. "It's a blasphemy of the peace prize", Geng said, referring to the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Liu in 2010.
"If Xi does the right thing, we can all commend that action", Cruz said. His compatriots still based in China, though unable to speak so freely, found creative ways to mourn Liu on the social media platform Wechat.
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Although his works were banned and his voice silenced in China, Xiaobo shot to worldwide fame for his two-decade long struggle. May we remember that India is not China in this aspect.
The United States and European Union appealed Beijing to release Liu Xia, the widow of Xiaobo.
The House passed the measure the following day, and a similar resolution was introduced in the Senate by Sen.
At the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo in 2010 he was represented by an empty chair.
During his last hours, Liu was accompanied by his wife, Liu Xia, and several relatives who were very grateful for the hard work of the doctors and nurses, said the doctor.
China punished Norway by suspending political and economic ties - including salmon imports from Norway - until past year, when Oslo promised to respect "China's core interests and major concerns". "They aren't really interested in prolonging Liu's life".
The party organ's concluding verdict on the dead dissident's struggle was blunt. "She is at this moment the person who is suffering most", Hu said.
"In 'No Enemies, No Hared, ' he once said 'I firmly believe that China's political progress will never stop, and I'm full of optimistic expectations of freedom coming to China in the future, because no force can block the human desire for freedom".