Last Thursday and precisely 13th of July, China’s most famous political prisoner; Liu Xiaobo, was reported to have died.
He died in a hospital in northeastern city of Shenyang, under police guard. Mr Xiaobo had been diagnosed with cancer of the liver.
Mr Xiaobo’s fame began in the 1980s when he was perceived by the Chinese establishment as a ‘quarrelsome literary academic’ who persistently wrote and advocated for enthronement of democratic changes in China.
Of course, the dictatorship that is camouflaged as communism in China would not find his activities funny. In 2009, Mr Xiaobo was imprisoned.
In appreciation of his contributions towards a democratic globe, particularly China, he was awarded the Noble Peace Prize in 2010, an honour he could not be present at due to his incarceration.
His wife; Liu Xia, a renowned poet and activist, had not been spared by the Chinese authorities. She had been consigned to an eleven-year house arrest.
Though diagnosed with cancer, the Chinese establishment refused to allow Mr Xiaobo travel to have access to his foreign doctors. He, therefore, died in trauma and pains.
Before he would give up the ghost, Mr Xiaobo despite police guard, had managed to scribble down some notes which would serve as preface to his wife’s unpublished collection of photographs provisionally titled ‘Accompanying Liu Xiaobo’.
The notes and photo collections were shared by a Chinese Editor who had been a friend of the couple but preferred to remain anonymous, citing fear of possible repercussions.
China has been consistent in asking the global community not to pry into what it considers to be it’s internal affairs.
Now that the Laureate has gone though leaving vestiges of his advocacy and his wife who is feared might be forced into another house arrest, it is the prayer of Centre for Equity And Eradication of Rural Poverty that China could begin having a re-think towards democratization.
May the much troubled soul of Liu Xiaobo rest in peace and may those dreams and visions for which he stood, fought, suffered and eventually died come true.