The widow of Nobel laureate escaped to freedom after seven years of house arrest

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The widow of Nobel peace prize winner, Chinese human rights activist Liu Xiaobo was able to leave the country after more than seven years of house arrest. This reports the South China Morning Post.

According to the publication, 57-year-old Liu Xia sent to Germany. She left on the morning of Tuesday, July 10, at the plane of airline Finnair. It is expected that the poet will first arrive to Finland and from there will fly to Berlin. The brother of the woman wrote in social networks that she had gone to Europe to “start a new life.” He gave no details, but thanked everyone for their support.

The poet was under house arrest since 2010, when her husband was awarded the Nobel prize. Chinese authorities have stated that no one is holding Liu Xia against their will. According to friends of the woman, after many years of restriction of freedom she developed depression, and she can’t sleep without medication.

Reportedly, at present in Germany, is visiting Premier of China Li Keqiang. On July 9 he met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. According to sources in diplomatic circles, a politician during the negotiations promised soon, Liu Xia will go for treatment.

Liu Xiaobo died in July 2017 at the age of 61 years in the city hospital of Shenyang, where he was serving a sentence for inciting Subversion of the state system. According to official data, the cause of his death was launched liver cancer, which caused multiple damage internal organs.

The man was a Professor of Philology at the University. During the protests in Tiananmen square in 1989, he returned from the United States, which at the time was on a business trip, supported the action, but urged the students and their supporters to disperse peacefully to avoid unnecessary casualties. He was arrested and spent six months in prison, but after admitting their mistakes released.

In 1996 he was again imprisoned as a dissident and sent to a detention camp. In 2008, Liu Xiaobo signed Charter 08 with the requirement of democratic reforms, he was arrested and sentenced to 11 years in prison, after which he was awarded the Nobel peace prize in 2010.

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