Hong Kong rally held to remember Chinese dissident

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Protesters hold candles to mourn late Chinese Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo at a downtown park in Hong Kong on Saturday.

Officials showed a video in which his wife, Liu Xia, and others lowered a white circular urn into the water, two days after the democracy advocate died of liver cancer aged 61 while in custody.

Government officials said Liu's cremation and sea burial had been what his family had wanted - a statement corroborated by Liu's eldest brother, Liu Xiaoguang, who said at a news conference Saturday afternoon that he was grateful to "the party and government for completely following the family's wishes".

"As far as I know, Liu Xia is in a free condition", municipal official Zhang said, though friends cast doubt that she was released.

While the Communist regime claimed the family chose to cremate Liu Xiaobo and hold a simple funeral for him, family friends rejected this and claimed his widow is under tight surveillance.

Another close friend of the Liu family, Ye Du, said the last time he had reached the family was early on Friday, but they sounded nervous and refused to discuss funeral arrangements. A press release issued by the government said the ceremony was held at 6:30 a.m.to the music of Mozart's Requiem and that the body was cremated shortly afterward.

Zeng said it was "shameful" that the government said Liu's friends had attended the funeral.

Like most people in the United States, we were very saddened to read about the death of Liu Xiaobo ["An empty chair, and a life filled with peaceful fury", front page, July 14]. "This is just a big performance", he said.

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"The regime must be insane", said Mo Zhixu, another activist. "Liu Xia had to surrender", said Mr Liao.

Zhang did not reveal Liu Xia's whereabouts.

Liu was only the second Nobel Peace Prize victor to die in prison, a fact pointed to by human rights groups as an indication of the Chinese Communist Party's increasingly hard line against its critics.

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

Liu rose to prominence during the 1989 pro-democracy protests centered in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, and became one of hundreds of Chinese imprisoned for crimes linked to the demonstrations after they were crushed by the military.

There is little mention of Liu in China's heavily censored state media and social networking platforms.

"Liu's memorial tablet can not find a place in China's cultural temple", the Global Times newspaper said in an editorial. "Deification of Liu by the West will be eventually overshadowed by China's denial of him".

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