Chinese activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo has been cremated in a private ceremony in the north-eastern city of Shenyang.

His ashes were later scattered in the sea, his brother said.

Mr Liu, who had been serving an 11-year prison term for “subversion”, died of liver cancer on Thursday. He was China’s most prominent dissident.

His wife, Liu Xia, has been under house arrest since 2010. But she attended Saturday’s funeral.

An official said that Mr Liu’s remains were cremated “in accordance with local customs and the wishes of the family”.

Mozart’s Requiem was played at the ceremony, he said.

Photographs shared by local authorities showed Mrs Liu and other mourners beside Mr Liu’s open coffin, which was surrounded by white chrysanthemums, a symbol of grief in China.

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SOURCE: BBC News

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