Supporters call for ‘global memorial’ for Liu Xiaobo on July 19

Taipei--Supporters of Liu Xiaobo have called for a "global memorial" to be held on Wednesday to commemorate the deceased Chinese political prisoner and Nobel Peace Prize laureate who died in China on July 13 of liver cancer.

The Freedom for Liu Xiaobo Action Group urged individuals and groups around the world to participate in the "Freedom through Resistance -- Global Memorial for Mr. Liu Xiaobo" on Wednesday by taking photos of themselves next to an empty chair and raising three fingers to symbolize resistance, freedom and hope.

Participants are advised to place flowers, candles, photos or other memorial offerings on the chair, and to choose a location near the sea or a river in memory of the sea burial that supporters said were forced onto Liu by the Chinese authorities.

They are also urged to upload their photos to social media sites, such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Wechat or Weibo, with the hashtag #withliuxiaobo.

Liu, China's most famous political prisoner, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010, died of multiple organ failure on July 13 after battling liver cancer.

He was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer in May and was granted medical parole for treatment at the First Hospital of China Medical University in the northeastern Chinese city of Shenyang the following month, where his condition deteriorated quickly.

The Chinese government had come under fire for refusing to allow Liu to travel abroad for treatment, despite repeated calls from human rights activists and foreign governments for China to do so.

After his death, Liu was cremated and his ashes scattered at sea, with supporters alleging that the hastily arranged sea burial was meant to deprive them of a place to pay homage to the pro-democracy advocate and dissident.

Liu was jailed in 2009 for co-authoring a manifesto -- Charter 08 -- calling for sweeping political reforms in China. He was sentenced to 11 years in prison for "inciting subversion of state power."

Source: Overseas Community Affairs Council