REFILE - CLARIFYING CAPTION Members of the Australian Tibetan community stand together as they hold placards during a candlelight vigil for the Chinese Nobel Peace Prize-winning dissident Liu Xiaobo outside the Chinese consulate in Sydney, Australia, July 12, 2017. REUTERS/Steven Saphore

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese Nobel Peace Prize-winning dissident Liu Xiaobo is in critical condition and his breathing is failing, the hospital treating him said on Wednesday.
Liu, a prominent participant in the Tiananmen pro-democracy protests of 1989, was jailed for 11 years in 2009 for “inciting subversion of state power” after helping to write a petition known as “Charter 08” calling for sweeping political reforms.
He was recently moved from jail to a hospital to be treated for late-stage liver cancer.
Liu’s kidney and liver functions are failing, and he suffers from blood clots, among other ailments, the hospital in the city of Shenyang said on its website.
However, Liu’s family has declined the use of intubation machinery to help him breathe with the aid of a plastic tube in his windpipe, the hospital said.
“The patient is in a critically ill condition, the hospital is doing all it can …
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