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Beijing marches straight through global criticism

Death of Liu Xiaobo devastating to democracy movement

BANGKOK/BEIJING -- The death of Liu Xiaobo -- a poet, a pro-democracy activist, the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner and perhaps the most bothersome thorn in Beijing's increasingly Teflon hide -- has stirred global criticism of China. Beijing, though, has gained so much economic and political clout that it can disregard any and all dissent.

"I hope people will remember how the Chinese Communist Party tortured [Liu] Xiaobo to death with cruel means," Wang Dan, a prominent student leader of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown now residing in Taiwan said on Facebook. "This is a second June 4, and it is an undisguised political murder."

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