Saturday, April 23, 2011

CHINA - The artist Ai Weiwei arrested

The artist and blogger Ai Weiwei was arrested by police on April 3 at Beijing International Airport as he prepared to fly to Hong Kong. He has since disappeared and police have released no information about his arrest, said one of his collaborators in Hong Kong daily Ming Pao. The same day, police seized nearly three computers in his studio at Caochangdi, a suburb of Beijing, and interviewed eight of his assistants.

Ai Weiwei's wife, Lu Qing, said that agents went to their home with a search warrant and took away a computer and other equipment, reports the Economic Daily Shun Po Ai Weiwei, an artist major Chinese art scene, has a great reputation in China and abroad. He joins the long list of people "disappeared" since February after the biggest wave of repression experienced by the country for ten years.

26 people are detained, some thirty were missing and nearly 200 were arrested, interrogated and placed under house arrest, according to the website of the organization Weiquan Wang China Human Rights Defenders based in Hong Kong.

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