Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Ai Weiwei has been arrested


Ai Weiwei (see previous post) has been arrested. He is an artist and social activist. His bold and enduring struggle against the restrictive Chinese government has escalated and resulted in his arrest on April 3rd. He is being held for the charge of "economic crimes" which the Chinese government has recently and arbitrarily elaborated on to include "tax evasion, bigamy, and spreading indecent images on the internet." Ai Weiwei joins a crew of other artists, lawyers, and activists that have been detained in the last two months.

On April 17th, demonstrators protested outside the gates of Chinese embassies in Berlin, Hong Kong, and London demanding the immediate release of the artist. The United States, the European Union and museums including MoMA, the Guggenheim, and Tate have appealed for his release.

"What could they do to me? Nothing more than banish, kidnap, or imprison me--perhaps they could fabricate my disappearance into thin air--but they don't have any creativity or imagination, and they lack both the joy and the ability to fly" (one of Ai's last blog posts before his arrest)

Prior to his arrest...

2 comments:

  1. An incredible quote. May that ring true for any of us artists, activists, and really, all of humanity.

    May we heard word of his release very soon.

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  2. Here is a link to a petition for his release:

    http://www2.avaaz.org/en/artists_for_ai_weiwei/?cl=1040370150&v=8972

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