Hundreds ignore China's warning
HUNDREDS of people in Hong Kong have thumbed their noses at Beijing, turning out to pay their respects to late Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, the pro-democracy Chinese dissident who died last week in custody after losing a battle with cancer.
The staunch critic of the Chinese government was a prominent figure in the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests and in 2009 was sentenced to 11 years in jail for "subversion”.
The hasty burial of his ashes at sea on Saturday was widely interpreted as an effort by Chinese authorities to avoid creating a site of homage for his supporters.
But the move seems to have backfired, the Nikkei Asian Review reports, as seasides and waterfronts have been adopted as new symbols of protest against Beijing.
His death has prompted grief and anger in semi- autonomous Hong Kong after Beijing's refusal to allow Mr Liu to travel overseas for cancer treatment.
In a visit to Hong Kong at the start of the month, Chinese President Xi Jinping warned Hong Kong not to cross the "red line” of undermining Chinese sovereignty.