Date
22 September 2017
File photo of Liu Xia. Two video clips have surfaced, in which the widow pleads for privacy and more time to recover from her grief.  Photo: Shenyang Municipal Information Office
File photo of Liu Xia. Two video clips have surfaced, in which the widow pleads for privacy and more time to recover from her grief. Photo: Shenyang Municipal Information Office

Beijing hand seen in video with Liu Xia pleading for privacy

Liu Xia, widow of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo who died of cancer while in state custody last month, has resurfaced in two brief online videos pleading for privacy and time to recover from her grief, hk01.com reports.

Many friends and media people had been trying to locate Liu Xia, not knowing where she had been after her husband’s funeral on July 15.

In the first video, she is seen holding a pack of cigarettes and talking in a soft voice pleading for space to grieve for her husband.

In the other video, running 37 seconds, the widow is chatting with someone about her daily life, and then a voice could be heard instructing her to read out the “next line”.

The video has been widely shared in Twitter and WeChat.

According to public broadcaster RTHK, the video was filmed recently and the location is not likely to be in Beijing.

A man posted the video on Twitter last Friday night, saying he found it on WeChat, Apple Daily reported.

The Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy said Liu Xia’s family has yet to establish contact with her, only knowing that she may now be in the southern part of China.

Her family is said to have been contacted by government representatives, who warned them against trying to contact her as she is still emotionally fragile as a result of her husband’s death.

She is said to have been diagnosed with severe depression and heart problems, and required medication for insomnia.

In the most recent video clip, Liu is wearing black clothes and a pair of sunglasses while chatting with a smiling man by the door.

She chats about her dinner plans and watching movies, and the man comments, “People would drool after hearing this sentence.”

During the conversation, a voice is heard instructing Liu to say the “next line”, and then they promise to meet again soon.

“I think this video of Liu Xia was made by the authorities,” said Hu Jia, a Beijing-based human rights activist and a friend to the Lius.

Hu said it is possible that the video had been filmed by the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission.

Authorities, meanwhile, have arrested six people for mourning Liu Xiao Bo’s death in Xin Hui, Guangdong province.

The six were identified as Wei Xiaobing, He Lin, Xi Yan, Liu Guangxiao, Li Shujia, and Qin Mingxin.

The Freedom for Liu Xiaobo Action Group said the six has since been released.

However, He Lin and Wei Xiaobing said they have yet to retrieve their phones and books from the officials.

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