(From The New York Times)
Liu Xiaobo, the renegade Chinese intellectual who kept a vigil on Tiananmen Square in 1989 to protect protesters from encroaching soldiers, promoted a pro-democracy charter that brought him an 11-year prison sentence and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize of 2010while locked away, died on Thursday. He was 61.
The bureau of justice of Shenyang, the city in northeastern China where Mr. Liu was being treated for cancer, announced his death on its website.
The Chinese government revealed he had liver cancer in late June only after it was virtually beyond treatment. Officially, Mr. Liu gained medical parole. But even as he faced death, he was kept silenced and under guard in a hospital, still a captive of the authoritarian controls that he had fought for decades.