Hong Kong activists celebrate after Liu Xia 'leaves China'
HONG KONG - AFP
Friends said the poet had taken a Finnair flight to Berlin via Helsinki, just days before the first anniversary of her husband's death from liver cancer which sparked condemnation around the world.
Activists in Hong Kong gave a minute's applause for Liu Xia, followed by a minute's silence at a memorial for the 1989 Tiananmen Square protest veteran Liu Xiaobo, which was adorned with pictures of the couple.
"We hope Liu Xia's release signals another stage in China, that the treatment of dissidents will be improved," Leung said, but added he was worried about her younger brother Liu Hui who could be held "hostage" while he remained in China.
"Liu Xia can finally leave China not because [Chinese President] Xi Jinping had a change of heart, but because of the unity displayed by the global civil society," said prominent Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong, citing the efforts of "freedom fighters around the world" who have pressured Beijing.
Exiled dissident Wu'er Kaixi, speaking in Taipei, told he was "glad" Liu Xia could leave China but also voiced concerns about her brother. As her brother remains on the mainland, Chinese authorities would "make sure that Liu Xia's behavior overseas will meet its expectations," said Wu'er.
"Thank you, Germany," others wrote.