Sunday, April 10, 2011

Ai Weiwei - 1 week on

It's been one week since Ai Weiwei, China's most renowned artist and activist was taken into custody for unspecified "economic crimes." Some of his supporters demonstrated at the Tate Modern where his sunflower exhibit is on display. Meanwhile back on the farm, China tells America to quit meddling in its internal affairs (read: human rights).

Some years ago Ai Weiwei suffered a brain hemorrhage after a police beating in Sichuan where he was supporting activist Tan Zuoren, who is now serving a 5-year sentence for trying to expose corruption linked to school construction that contributed to the deaths of thousands of children during the Sichuan Earthquake. Ai Weiwei is a successful artist, he could live anywhere, but still he chose to stay in China and continue speaking out.

I hope he is released very soon, but the nasty editorials in state media this week give me doubts. My heart goes out to his family.

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