Thursday, November 11, 2010

Hopeful Words

"The Internet is the best gift to China – this kind of technology will end this kind of dictatorship."   -Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei is probably China's best loved contemporary artist, both domestically and abroad. Because of that, he gets away with saying incendiary things that others wouldn't.

Last week he was put under house arrest in Beijing in order to prevent him from attending a party to 'celebrate' the demolition of his Shanghai-based studio. Unfortunately for the authorities who got the jitters, this made the studio demolition and Ai Weiwei front page in much international news.

Last year police in Sichuan beat him up pretty badly. He was there supporting Tan Zuoren, who is now in jail for exposing the corruption that led to shoddy school design that led to thousands of dead kids during the Sichuan earthquake.

This week Ai Weiwei is extra pissed off. Read more of his anti-government screed here.

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