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Ai Weiwei supporters strip off as artist faces ‘porn’ investigation

Posted by Author on November 22, 2011


When artist Ai Weiwei disappeared, supporters made online appeals for his return. When authorities handed him a £1.5m tax bill, they sent money to help pay it. And now that he faces an investigation for spreading pornography – his admirers have stripped off.

Internet users began tweeting their nude photographs after Ai announced that authorities had questioned his cameraman over pictures which showed the artist and four women naked.

Many Chinese contemporary artists have taken pictures of themselves without clothes, and the pictures of Ai that have emerged so far do not appear sexually charged. Some suspect that it may be an attempt by the authorities to smear the artist, whose 81-day detention this spring caused international outrage. Read the rest of this entry »

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China ups campaign against artist Ai Weiwei

Posted by Author on November 21, 2011


(CBS News)  Chinese officials are escalating their campaign to silence a world-famous artist with a reputation for speaking his mind.

CBS News correspondent Celia Hatton reports that although Ai Weiwei is China’s most famous artist, even helping design the country’s Olympic Stadium, the government yesterday tried again to pin new charges on him. But these days, he’s better known as the Chinese government’s most outspoken opponent.

After 2008’s Sichuan earthquake, he headed his own investigation asking why schools collapsed while government buildings stayed intact. Since then, he’s railed against injustice, pointing out the unfair advantages of China’s elite. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chinese medias quiet on Ai Weiwei

Posted by Author on November 18, 2011


While the twists and turns in the case of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and his tax demand are being closely followed by Western media, they are making no headlines in China.

Some 30,000 supporters have made small donations to Ai to help him pay a huge fine imposed by the authorities, which is seen by activists as part of a government effort to silence the outspoken artist.

But the official media have made almost no mention of the case in recent days.

A notable exception is the Global Times, a nationalist tabloid owned by the Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily, which has published commentaries in both Chinese and English questioning the level of domestic support for him. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ai Weiwei turns tables on China’s Communist regime

Posted by Author on November 17, 2011


By Pascale Trouillaud (AFP) , BEIJING — Artist and fierce government critic Ai Weiwei has turned the tables on China’s Communist regime by transforming a crippling tax fine he says is designed to silence him into a huge wave of solidarity.

The painter, sculptor, architect and activist was a thorn in the side of the government even before he managed to pay a 8.5 million yuan ($1.3 million) bond thanks to money raised by some 30,000 Chinese people in record speed.

The burly artist disappeared into police custody for 81 days earlier this year. He was released in June, but on November 1 was ordered to pay 15 million yuan in back taxes levied against a company he set up.

Days later, a spontaneous online movement to help Ai began. Supporters sent him money orders, cheques, Internet transfers, and even rolled bank notes into balls and threw them over the walls of his Beijing studio. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ai Weiwei vows to clear tax charges amid fresh obstacles from China authorities

Posted by Author on November 15, 2011


Ai Weiwei has said his life is turning into a “Hollywood movie” as Chinese officials throw up fresh obstacles to his efforts to clear tax charges against his company.

Hours before the deadline for paying the 15m yuan (£1.47m) fine, tax officials told the artist and human rights campaigner he could not use his mother’s house as collateral and that there were problems with the funds he had raised in a public appeal.

“I only heard this morning about this money problem,” Ai told the Guardian on Monday. “They put us in a very difficult situation. They are not following the law. There is nothing I can do.”

His lawyers plan to put up a 8.4m yuan bond, allowing them to lodge an appeal against a tax evasion charge they claim is a politically motivated attempt to pressure him into silence. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s wife says supporters’ money will help them fight $2.4M tax bill

Posted by Author on November 10, 2011


BEIJING — Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s wife said Thursday that they will contest a $2.4 million tax bill that they see as government harassment and use money collected from supporters to proceed with an appeal.

The Beijing tax bureau is demanding that the dissident artist pay 15 million yuan ($2.4 million) in back taxes and fines. Ai denies tax evasion. As of Wednesday, Ai had received 6,725,139 yuan from thousands of people wanting to help pay the bill that they see as unfair, he wrote online Thursday.

Ai, an internationally acclaimed conceptual artist, was detained for nearly three months earlier this year during an overall crackdown on dissent. The detention and subsequent claims of tax evasion have been interpreted by activists as a way to punish him for his often-outspoken criticism of the authoritarian government. Read the rest of this entry »

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China’s Ai Weiwei receives support from fellow activist over tax bill

Posted by Author on November 5, 2011


(CNN) — Outspoken Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has received support and financial aid from a fellow activist after Beijing this week ordered him to pay 15 million yuan ($2.3 million) in back taxes.

Prominent Chinese human rights campaigner Hu Jia, who was released from jail in June after serving a 3 1/2-year sentence for “inciting to subvert state power,” posted the offer on his Twitter account.

“I sent 1,000 RMB ($157) to AiWW as a response to authority’s tax verdict. My great gratitude and respect for what he has done,” Hu wrote.

The message was also posted on Sina Weibo, a Chinese microblogging site akin to Twitter, asking for people’s support. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chinese Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei Gets $2.4M ‘Tax Bill,’ Posts it to Google Plus

Posted by Author on November 2, 2011


You’ve got to love Ai Weiwei. The artist, dissident, and social media provocateur just refuses to stop tweaking the Chinese Communist Party. After posting tens of thousands of tweets deriding the Chinese leadership’s less-than-savory practices, police hauled him away for 81 days of particularly brutal jail time. As part of his release in June, he promised to make no public statements for a full year.

Two months later, Ai was back at it. Now the Chinese government appears to be trying a new approach. Authorities sent Ai a bill for “back taxes and fines” adding up to 15 million Yuan, or about $2.4 million. The bill demands payment within 15 days. The artist, never one to lose his sense of humor, posted the bill to Google Plus. Then he started talking to reporters about it.

“If it’s a tax problem, I’ll pay. But if it’s not, I won’t pay,” he told Reuters. “This whole matter is ridiculous.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei Announced as Art World’s Most Powerful Figure

Posted by Author on October 13, 2011


The dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who shot to worldwide prominence this April when he was imprisoned by the Chinese authorities for 81 days for what were described as “economic crimes”, has been named the most powerful figure in the art world by Art Review magazine in its annual art “power 100 list”.

Mark Rappolt, editor of the magazine, said that Ai – who was No 13 on the list last year – had reminded the art world of its wider political role, as an agent of protest outside the sometimes inward-looking domain of galleries and museums.

“His activism has been a reminder of how art can reach out to a bigger audience and connect with the real world,” he said. “Institutions, while they are really important, can be great tombs.” Read the rest of this entry »

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China censors Ai Weiwei’s Newsweek essay

Posted by Author on September 2, 2011


BEIJING(AFP) — Chinese censors have removed an essay by Ai Weiwei in which the dissident artist strongly criticises the country’s government and justice system from the latest issue of Newsweek magazine.

The article, Ai’s first for a foreign publication since he was released from detention earlier this year, had been ripped from copies of the September 5 issue seen by AFP on a newsstand in Beijing.

In the essay Ai, 54, whose artworks have been displayed around the world, said his ordeal in police custody made him realise he was only a number in an anonymous system where “they deny us basic rights”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chinese artist Ai Weiwei says Beijing ‘a constant nightmare’ in first article since his detention

Posted by Author on August 29, 2011


Despite a ban on giving interviews or discussing his detention by authorities earlier this year, Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei has spoken out again.

This time, Ai has written an impassioned article in Newsweek Magazine about Beijing, describing the story simply as “a piece about the place I live in.”

But it’s so much more than that, and it marks a change in tone from Ai’s previous pieces. In the article, Ai accuses officials of “deny[ing] us basic rights,” compares migrant workers to slaves, and describes Beijing as “a city of violence.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Conditions of Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei’s Detention Emerge

Posted by Author on August 12, 2011


HONG KONG (NY Times) — Ai Weiwei, a prominent Chinese artist and dissident, said on Friday that he had been kept in a tiny room throughout his nearly three-month detention last spring and watched 24 hours a day by shifts of two uniformed military police sergeants who never left his side.

During a brief telephone interview, Mr. Ai confirmed and elaborated on a description of his captivity provided by an associate. The sergeants were never more than 30 inches from his side, and sometimes just four inches away, and stayed there as he slept, showered and used the bathroom, Mr. Ai said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Details emerge of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s detention

Posted by Author on August 11, 2011


(BBC)- Chinese artist Ai Weiwei believed he was “close to death” during the more than 80 days he was held in a secret police detention centre, a source close to the artist told the BBC.

Beijing has banned him from speaking to the press since his release.

The source said Mr Ai was hooded when detained, kept under watch with guards inside his cell and subjected to treatment designed to break him.

Mr Ai was detained on charges of tax fraud by the Chinese authorities. Read the rest of this entry »

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During 81 days in secretive detention, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was interrogated mainly on “Jasmine Revolution” protests: source

Posted by Author on August 10, 2011


(Reuters) – Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, whose disappearance in April caused an international outcry, endured intense psychological pressure during 81 days in secretive detention and still faces the threat of prison for alleged subversion, a source familiar with the events told Reuters.

In the first broad account of Ai’s treatment in detention since he was released in June, the source, who declined to be identified fearing retribution, said the 54-year-old artist was interrogated more than 50 times by police, while he was held in two secret locations.

The questioning focused on his purported role in the planned Arab-inspired “Jasmine Revolution” protests in China in February and his writings that could constitute subversion, said the source. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dissident Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei Speaks Out Using Twitter

Posted by Author on August 9, 2011


Ai Weiwei, the Chinese artist and dissident, broke his silence on political topics on Tuesday for the first time since he was released from a prison in China nearly two months ago, describing in Twitter postings the treatment of business colleagues who had been detained with him and expressing support for two other incarcerated dissidents.

Mr. Ai, 54, formerly an outspoken critic of Chinese political and social restrictions, was arrested in April, held for three months by state security officials and later charged with tax evasion arising from his Shanghai art studio business. He was released after Chinese authorities said he had confessed and had been a model prisoner, but he was ordered not to leave Beijing without permission for a year. His tax evasion case is pending. Read the rest of this entry »

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Surprise! “Mao Zedong Kneeling Statue” Appears on China’s Internet

Posted by Author on May 28, 2011


(NTD) – Recently, a blog article has been widely circulated among Chinese readers. The article shows a statue of Mao Zedong kneeling. Netizens comment thatMao Zedong going down on his knee is inevitable. Commentators point out that criticism of Mao Zedong is getting popular, yet for the heinous Mao Zedong, even “repentance” would not diminish his crimes.

In this article, entitled “Repent, Mao Zedong!” the most engaging part is a statue of Mao Zedong on his knees. In the statue, Mao Zedong kneels down with his right hand over his chest for repentance. Read the rest of this entry »

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Detained Chinese artist Ai Weiwei allowed to see wife, after 6 weeks

Posted by Author on May 16, 2011


BEIJING — Chinese authorities allowed dissident artist Ai Weiwei to see his wife on Sunday, the first time family or friends have had contact with him since police took Ai into custody six weeks ago, his sister and a family friend said.

The secretive meeting was launched Sunday afternoon, when Ai’s wife Lu Qing received a call from her local police station in Beijing, according to family friend Liu Xiaoyuan, an attorney. Read the rest of this entry »

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documentory video: Who’s Afraid of Ai Weiwei

Posted by Author on April 24, 2011


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China’s Media Campaign Against Ai Weiwei

Posted by Author on April 21, 2011


Chinese media smear campaign against acclaimed dissident artist Ai Weiwei reflects the regime’s fear and need for stability maintenance according to a political Chinese commentator.

Artist Ai Weiwei was taken away by police at the Beijing Airport on April 3. Since then, several of his colleagues have also gone missing and their whereabouts remain unknown.

Lately, the Chinese regime’s army of undercover “Fifty Cent Party” Internet commentators and regime-controlled mass media have been spreading propaganda to smear Ai, saying he is suspected of economic crimes and tax evasion, among other things. Read the rest of this entry »

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Silencing the People Is More Dangerous than Damming a River

Posted by Author on April 4, 2011


Human Rights in China (HRIC) urges the Chinese authorities to stop the crackdown on all those in China exercising fundamental rights protected by international and Chinese domestic law. The detention of Ai Weiwei (艾未未) is the most recent example of the Chinese government’s total disregard for the rule of law and its own respectability in the international community.

In recent months, the world has seen the Chinese authorities dramatically step up the detention and arrest of individuals who speak out about corruption, voice their support for victims of injustices, and peacefully appeal for political reform – perhaps out of fear that the uprisings against repressive regimes in the Middle East would spread to China. The authorities have even publically assaulted foreign journalists, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs went as far as telling foreign journalists that they “cannot use the law as a shield.” Read the rest of this entry »

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China’s Artist Ai Weiwei plans studio in Germany

Posted by Author on March 29, 2011


BEIJING — Controversial Chinese artist Ai Weiwei said Tuesday he plans to set up a studio in Germany to showcase his work after facing huge hurdles in exhibiting art in his home country.

Ai, who is also a prominent political activist, told AFP he planned to establish the studio in Berlin and use it for publicity and exhibitions, although he will still use Beijing as his production and design base. Read the rest of this entry »

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Austria’s foreign minister meets with China activist Ai Weiwei

Posted by Author on February 24, 2011


VIENNA — Austria’s Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger met with Chinese activist and artist Ai Weiwei Thursday during an official visit to Beijing.

The 45-minute talk with Ai, one of China’s most famous artists and a bold political activist, was initially kept under wraps by the Austrian delegation, which was also meeting with China’s leadership during the three-day visit.

Ai however made the meeting public in a posting on the Internet.

During the encounter, the artist spoke of the repressive measures taken against him, Spindelegger told the Austria Press Agency from Beijing. Read the rest of this entry »

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Don’t Shoot the Pianist? Lang Lang, the Vice President of the All China Youth Federation

Posted by Author on January 30, 2011


By Jay Nordlinger, The National Review, Jan 29, 2011-

On Monday, I did a post on Lang Lang, and his performance at the White House — a performance that was, at least in part, a political and propaganda performance. The pianist played an anti-American propaganda song known throughout China. Hu Jintao and the other Communist bigs were visibly moved and delighted. All the “patriotic Chinese” were moved and delighted. (“Patriotic Chinese” is the Chinese Communist Party’s phrase for those loyal to it.)

In addition, I mentioned Lang Lang in a post yesterday.

For the past week or so, he has been on a PR campaign, proclaiming his innocence in the White House affair. “Gee, I had no idea that the song had any political or propaganda associations whatsoever. I just like the pretty lil’ tune.” As a result, I keep getting mail that says, “Lay off the sweet kid, would you? He just loves China, loves America, and loves music.” Read the rest of this entry »

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