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07/17/2017 CHINA

Liu Xiaobo: a torch that enlightens human civilization

The testimony of the great nonviolent dissident is the highest contribution to humanity in the last (sterile) 500 years of Chinese history. A priest from North China offers an elegy in memory of Liu (and his wife).

Beijing (AsiaNews) - "The day will come” when Liu Xiaobo's name “will light a torch and enlighten this earth." This is the conclusion of the elegy we publish today, written by a priest in northern China, in memory of the great dissident who was left to die of cancer and condemned for "subverting state power" only because he called for non-violent social, political and religious reforms in the Chinese society. Faced with the regime’s reckless and violent all-powerfulness, Liu Xiaobo’s testimony shines as the greatest "contribution to humanity" in the last "500 years" of Chinese history.


There is nothing left,

Except the numbers

Related to your life:


In the end, you left words of love,

I'm not afraid of death.

She already trembles for life,

So let her go

And let me die.


The wall is high

And the lark cannot fly over it,

It can only chirp.


To complete the remembrance:

On the evening of July 13th, after the celebration of Mass, I unexpectedly urged the faithful to sing the song "The Repose of the Souls". When I got back home, I heard about your death. I did not think that singing 'The Repose of souls' was for you. Although we do not sing well, we sincerely hope for you to achieve eternal rest.

On July 6, a picture of a sick Liu and his wife pictured “Look, two figures who are suffering!" Someone asked without reflecting: Two blind people? What are they doing? Who are they? How are they? In China, too many people do not recognize you. But in fact, except for your name, how much do I know about you?

Certainly, great souls accompany the endless sufferings of life.

Some say that for the past 500 years China has not given any contribution to humanity.

Today, China has offered to the world a man, a person whose name can be included in the history of human civilization.

Tonight, that name enlightens the darkness of the human heart. We fear it might be only for a moment. But I believe the day will come when this name will light a torch and enlighten this earth!


[1] The "numbers" mentioned in the poem are the main dates in Liu Xiaobo's life: 1955, his birth; 64 and 89, June 4, 1989, the date of the Tiananmen massacre; 08, is 2008, the year of his arrest, but also the document that led to his arrest for "subversion", Charter '08; 17 and 713, the date of his death: 13 July 2017; 61, the years he lived.

See also

26/07/2017 13:46:00 CHINA
Bao Tong: Liu Xiaobo was a great Chinese patriot

The great statesman talks about his friendship with the great dissident, who was left to die of cancer by the authorities. Liu’s peaceful and non-violent proposals in the 2008 manifesto are almost all already in the Chinese constitution; yet Liu was convicted for "subverting state power". Bao proposes the nationalisation of the army and federalism.

01/04/2009 CHINA
Party official issues urgent call for democratic reforms
Within the Communist Party itself, a growing number of voices are calling for political reforms, less censorship, and room for dissent. They are applying pressure to the leaders, who want to talk only about the economy. The police "sequester" a signer of Charter 08 for hours.

19/09/2017 13:20:00 CHINA
A letter-prayer from Wang Bingzhang, pioneer of democracy, in prison for 15 years

The dissident was a protégé of the Party, one of the first Chinese students sent abroad after Mao Zedong’s death. After he returned home, he abandoned his medical career and founded a movement for democracy. Released in 1998, he was abducted in Vietnam in 2002 and taken to China where he was sentenced to life in prison. "I know that everything of mine was given by you, and that all glory belongs to you. I will absolutely not fail in the mission you gave me.”

03/07/2017 13:15:00 CHINA
Bao Tong: China’s government is responsible of medical neglect in Liu Xiaobo’s case

For the great statesman, prison authorities deliberately overlooked the seriousness of the illness for a long time, which makes it a "deliberate homicide". Bao and other friends call on Xi Jinping to grand Liu Xiaobo a pardon. But for the Global Times, Liu still has to complete his sentence because he is a "subversive."

26/06/2017 13:22:00 CHINA
Dissident Liu Xiaobo leaves prison suffering from terminal liver cancer

He has been allowed treatment outside the prison, but he will not seek medical treatment abroad. In 2009, he was sentenced to 11 years for "inciting subversion of state power" after he co-authored Charter 08. Whilst in prison, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010.

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