This article is reprinted in commemoration of the life of
Liu Xiaobo, was transfered from his jail cell in Beijing
where he was serving an eleven year sentence, to a cancer hospital where he
died on July 13. The 2010 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who had returned to
China to join students in the Tiananmen Square demonstration of 1989, and
then helped to prevent further bloodshed by leading students away from the
square on June 4, was a central figure in the Charter 08 democracy
movement, for which he paid with his life.
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