Who is Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo?
China / June 27, 2017

Liu Xiaobo is a hero to many – but a villain to his own government. Nobel judges describe him as the “foremost symbol” of the struggle for human rights in China. The Chinese authorities say he is a criminal and have repeatedly jailed him for his protests against their rule. But the Nobel Peace Prize winner, 61, has been released from prison on compassionate grounds after being diagnosed with terminal liver cancer. Liu Xiaobo: 20 years of activism China frees jailed dissident after cancer diagnosis It was his role in calling for a new constitution in 2008 that led to him being jailed for “subverting state power”. At the time, the US government called on China to release the political activist, first arrested two decades earlier for his part in the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests. The then 33-year-old from north-east China was credited with encouraging students to leave instead of facing down the army. Afterwards, he was offered asylum in the Australian embassy but refused it, choosing instead to stay in China and continue his fight for democracy. Mr Liu was arrested in the government’s subsequent crackdown, but released in 1991 without charge. Image captionHe is considered a criminal by…