Plainclothes agents surround Guardian within seconds of arriving at Beijing apartment of Liu Xia, who activists say has ‘fallen off the face of the earth’

Chinese authorities claim Liu Xia is a free woman. But one week after the death of her husband, the Nobel laureate and democracy activist Liu Xiaobo, a visit to the couple’s Beijing home immediately gives the lie to that claim.

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