Liu Xiaobo, Nobel laureate and political prisoner, dies at 61 in Chinese custody

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Peace prize winner and democracy activist dies of liver cancer, after spending almost a quarter of his life behind bars in China

China is facing a barrage of international criticism for its treatment of the Nobel laureate and democracy campaigner Liu Xiaobo, who died at the age of 61 on Thursday.

Liu, who championed non-violent resistance as a way of overcoming “forceful tyranny”, had been serving an 11-year jail sentence for demanding an end to one-party rule when he was diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer in May.

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