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Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today issued the following statement in response to the death of Chinese dissident and recipient of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize:

“Liu Xiaobo deserved to be celebrated as an inspirational leader who sought peaceful reform and a democratic China.

“Liu Xiaobo deserved to be known as a hero in his country, not censored by his government.

“Liu Xiaobo deserved the Nobel Peace Prize, awarded in 2010 during his fourth prison sentence.

 “Instead, Liu Xiaobo died today, under guard in a hospital, largely unknown by his countrymen.

“Liu’s offense wasn’t murder or corruption—he was persecuted and thrown into solitary confinement because he spoke out for a better world. And Liu Xia, his wife, has been held under house arrest, her only crime that she married Liu Xiaobo.

“China’s treatment of this man was shameful, far beneath the dignity of a world power. I hope that Liu Xiaobo’s legacy won’t be forgotten.”