11 Jul '18, 4am

On the eve of freedom, a glimpse inside Liu Xia's flat

On the eve of freedom, a glimpse inside Liu Xia's flat

Judging by her apartment on the eve of her departure from Beijing to Germany, Liu Xia seemed completely unaware of her impending freedom -- or perhaps unwilling to believe it. AFP on Monday evaded tight security to gain rare access to the fifth-floor duplex apartment where the poet has been held under de facto house arrest since her dissident husband Liu Xiaobo won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010. No bags or boxes had been packed in her wood-panelled, booklined home. Instead, in the centre of her living room stood a large, unfinished white canvas, a square half-filled with cramped black numbers, painted obsessively into orderly rows: "20170713, 20170713..." "It's the date of Liu Xiaobo's death," she explained. On an opposite wall, beneath prominent photos of her husband in happier times, she'd propped up another of her paintings -- a dark grey expanse bisected by large black...

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