The building where Liu Xia, the widow of Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, is under de facto house arrest, on July 21, 2017 in Beijing
Five Western diplomats, including a German and a Frenchman, were prevented from entering the home of the widow of Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, under de facto house arrest, diplomatic sources said Sunday.
Representatives of five western embassies, including the European Union, tried Friday morning to visit the home in Beijing of the poet Liu Xia, widow of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize.
Liu Xiaobo died last year of a cancer when he was still formally imprisoned for „subversion“. Since then, Liu Xia is de facto under house arrest, although she was never prosecuted or convicted.
The guards at the entrance of the residential complex where Liu lives prevented the passage of some of the diplomats while the others were intercepted in front of the building, the sources said.
The guards proceeded to control the identity of the five diplomats without specifying why it was not possible to visit the poet.
Liu Xia, under surveillance since her husband won the Nobel Prize, officially has „freedom“ of movement, repeat the Chinese authorities.
This unusual initiative of the Western embassies takes place days after worrying information about the psychological state of Liu Xia, 57 years old.
One of her relatives, the writer Liao Yiwu, who lives in exile in Germany, said that the poet confided to her during a telephone conversation that she was willing to „let herself die“ because the Chinese authorities forbid her to leave the country.
The German embassy in Beijing was prepared in early April to organize the transfer of Liu to Berlin but the operation could not be carried out, explained Liao.