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The nature of the Nobel Peace Laureate's death is a signal of how Beijing deals with dissent

Liu Xiaobo's death a warning to the Vatican

Just over a week before his death, protestors prepare to post postcards written and addressed to Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo outside the General Post Office in Hong Kong on July 5. Liu, 61, one of China's most famous pro-democracy advocates and political prisoners, died in Chinese custody at a hospital on July 13. (Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP)

Michael Sainsbury, Paris

July 14, 2017

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The end for Nobel Prize Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo, 61, one of the very bravest of human beings and great citizens of modern China, came far too early and far too quickly.

He died, in hospital under guard — the first peace prize winner since 1935-winner Carl von Ossietzky died in a hospital while under Gestapo custody in 1938.

In 2009, Liu was sentenced by a closed kangaroo court of China's ruling Communist Party. He was sentenced to 11 years' jail for just writing. His history of agitating peacefully for a fairer, freer and more democratic China stretched back to the protests in Tiananmen Square in 1989 that ended with a bloody massacre.

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