Dance, musical performance held in Taipei to honor Chinese activist

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Dance, musical performance held in Taipei to honor Chinese activist

Taipei, Sept. 7 (CNA) A theatrical dance and musical performance was held in Taipei on Thursday to honor Chinese political activist Liu Xiaobo (劉曉波), who died from liver cancer in July.

Dubbed "Encountering Liu Xiaobo in Taiwan," the event was organized by the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (TFD) to commemorate Liu and to demonstrate support for other human rights and democracy activists in Asia.

Liu was jailed in 2009 for co-authoring a manifesto -- Charter 08 -- which called for sweeping political reforms in China, and was sentenced to 11 years in prison for "inciting subversion of state power."

In May, he was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer and granted medical parole for treatment at the First Hospital of China Medical University in the northeastern Chinese city of Shenyang the following month, where his condition deteriorated quickly.

A Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Liu succumbed to liver cancer on July 13.

"The event was not only held to remember Liu Xiaobo, but also represents an opportunity to ensure young Taiwanese know more about him," said Szu-chien Hsu (徐斯儉), president of the Taipei-based foundation.

Held at the Tsai Jui-yueh Dance Research Institute in Taipei, the event was attended by local politicians and artists, including Taiwanese writer Ping Lu (平路), Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Lin Ching-yi (林靜儀), and New Power Party (NPP) spokesperson Wu Cheng (吳崢).

In addition to the dance performance, the evening commemoration also included songs by band Community Service (勞動服務) and poetry recitals by Taiwanese poet Lee Min-yung (李敏勇) and Chinese writer Meng Lang (孟浪).

Established in 2003 and funded mainly by the government, the TFD is a Taipei-based non-profit organization that works to promote democracy and human rights.

(By Cheng Chin-wen and Ko Lin)

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