Liu Xiaobo – dying for his beliefs



There are fears that Liu Xiaobo, the renowned democracy activist and Nobel laureate, is close to death after being moved from a Chinese prison into hospital. He has served seven years of an 11-year sentence for inciting subversion of state power, after penning a democracy manifesto calling for an end to one-party rule in China and for the Communist party to uphold the constitution. He also served two years in prison after the Tiananmen Square protests and subsequent massacre.

He has late stage liver cancer and questions are being asked about why he wasn’t given treatment sooner in the notoriously punitive Chinese prison system, which has seen other activists die while still incarcerated. Republican senator Marco Rubio, has asked Donald trump to intervene and said, “Liu Xiaobo, and countless others like him who courageously seek peaceful change in China, are heroes worthy of honour, not criminals deserving to be tortured or unjustly punished.”

Since coming to power in 2012, the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, has launched a series of crackdowns on civil society in an attempt to silence feminist activists, human rights lawyers and book publishers.

Liu Xiaobo, 28 Dec 1955, is a Sun Capricorn trine Jupiter Pluto, with Jupiter Pluto square Saturn in Scorpio and Mars also in Scorpio – so confident, determined, courageous; plus a Venus opposition Uranus square Neptune making him idealistic and unhshakeable in his beliefs. His Solar Arc Pluto is conjunct that emphasised Neptune at the moment, which is devastating.

It’s unlikely that criticism will have any effect on Xi Jinping, though his Presidency chart, 14 March 2013 14 March 2013 11.51 am, does look undermined and directionless with tr Neptune conjunct the MC now and on and off till late 2018. There will be major and intense public discontent in 2018/19 with tr Pluto square the Pres Moon; and a high-voltage shock in 2019 from Solar Arc Mars conjunct the Pres Uranus.

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