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Leading Chinese artist Ai Weiwei claims police attacked him

Posted by Author on August 10, 2010

Tania Branigan in Beijing , Guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 10 August 2010 –

Ai Weiwei, the Chinese artist commissioned to create an installation for the Tate Modern Turbine Hall, says that plain-clothes police assaulted him and his assistant today as he attempted to file a complaint about a previous attack.

The artist who designed the Beijing national stadium, known as the Bird Nest, said that he was kicked and shoved outside a police station in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province in south-west China.

“Some undercover police tore our shirts and tried to grab our cameras. There were maybe 10 of them. They pushed and kicked us,” he said in a telephone interview. “Now we are being attacked because we complained about last time. It is so ironic.”

Ai and several other activists were detained in Chengdu last year to prevent them attending the trial of a campaigner investigating schoolchildren’s deaths in the Sichuan earthquake of 2008. The subject has become highly sensitive because of allegations that shoddy construction, linked to corruption, was to blame for the high death toll in schools.

Ai said a policeman punched him in the head in that incident, leaving him with painful headaches, and he underwent surgery in Germany weeks later after doctors spotted internal bleeding.

Today he went to Chengdu’s city police department, but says it refused to take his complaint and referred him to the police station at Jinniu.

He said that as he arrived at that building he was surrounded by men who assaulted him and his assistant, and told him: “If you want justice, go back to the US.”

Ai lived in America for several years but is still a Chinese citizen…….(More details from The Guardian)

One Response to “Leading Chinese artist Ai Weiwei claims police attacked him”

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