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    Family of Chinese Activist Liu Xiaobo Thanks Beijing for 'Humanitarian Sprit'

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    Liu Xiaobo's brother Liu Xiaoguang expressed thanks for the government's support for the treatment and funeral services of Liu Xiaobo at a press conference in Shenyang, Northeast China's Liaoning Province on Saturday.

    Liu Xia, wife of deceased Chinese Nobel Peace Prize-winning dissident Liu Xiaobo and other relatives attend his sea burial off the coast of Dalian, China in this photo released by Shenyang Municipal Information Office on July 15, 2017
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    Liu Xiaobo's wife Liu Xia was absent at the conference due to her weak condition, Liu Xiaoguang said.

    "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. 

    All the requests and wishes for Liu Xiaobo's funeral from the family members were realized through the support of the government, and that the funeral was held in a perfect way and beyond his expectations, he said. 

    The 68-year-old brother said throughout the whole process starting with the treatment, cremation and scattering of ashes at sea, everything reflects the advantage of the socialist system and leading experts from home and abroad gathered together for Liu Xiaobo's treatment. 

    Professor Markus M. Buachler of the German University of Heidelberg and professor Joseph M. Herman of the US MD Anderson Cancer Center were invited to the First Hospital of China Medical University in Shenyang for treatment.

    Liu Yunpeng, Liu Xiaobo's attending doctor, said at a Thursday press conference that the hospital did all it could to treat the patient, including 25 joint consultations from the hospital, five joint consultations involving China's leading experts, and one that involved international experts.

    The cremated remains of Liu Xiaobo were scattered in the sea on Saturday after a farewell ceremony on Saturday morning in Shenyang. 

    Liu Xiaobo, 61, died from liver cancer on Thursday following severe multiple organ failure.

    He was sentenced to 11 years in jail on December 25, 2009, after a court in Beijing convicted him of trying to overthrow the government.

    The Liaoning Prison Administrative Bureau announced on June 26 on its website that Liu had been granted medical parole after being diagnosed with liver cancer during a routine physical check conducted by the Jinzhou Prison on May 31.

    This article was first published in the Global Times.


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