Taiwan's reckless comments on dissident Liu very unsafe: China

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But Amnesty International's China researcher Patrick Poon said he did not recognise any in the row of nonfamily members in the official photo. "But now we must free Liu Xia, because she has already suffered so much", said a protestor Lee Cheuk-yan, a former lawmaker of 20 years. At the July 1 annual handover protest, demonstrators called for Liu's release after China said in late June that he had been transferred to hospital with late-stage cancer.

Zeng said she was among the Liu family's friends who had traveled to Shenyang only to be prevented by the authorities from seeing Liu in his final moments.

Supporters paid their respects by observing a minute of silence and marching through the streets of Hong Kong holding lit candles.

"Why has Liu Xia not come here?"

"The way the funeral was controlled by the Communist Party, it's very sad to say that Liu Xiaobo can not be free even in death". The police have kept his wife Liu Xia under house arrest and prevented her from speaking about his death and his belated cancer treatment.

"On behalf of Liu Xia and Liu Xiaobo's other family members, I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the humanistic care from the Party and the government", Liu Xiaoguang said, adding that concerning the special situation of Liu Xiaobo, the government showed a humanitarian spirit.

A government official in Shenyang, where Mr Liu had been jailed, told a news conference: "According to my understanding, Liu Xia is now free", adding that as a Chinese citizen, her rights would be protected under the law.

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Chinese dissident artist critic Ai Weiwei, who lives in Berlin tweeted a photo of the funeral and called the display "disgusting" and a "violation" of the deceased.

On Friday, a foreign ministry spokesman said he would "not make prejudgments" about whether she could go overseas.

Zhang did not reveal Liu Xia's whereabouts.

One place on Chinese soil is still marching-literally-to its own tune to honor Liu, who was awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize for more two decades of fighting for greater freedoms for China. The first, Carl von Ossietzky, died from tuberculosis in Germany in 1938 while serving a sentence for opposing Adolf Hitler's Nazi regime.

He had been jailed for 11 years in 2009 for "inciting subversion of state power" after helping to write a petition known as "Charter 08" calling for sweeping political reforms. "Deification of Liu by the West will be eventually overshadowed by China's denial of him".

China has bristled previously at Tsai's comments on China's political system.

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