Artist Ai Weiwei Arrested In Beijing

Human Rights Abuse In China April 2011

Chinese Authorities Arrest Another Activist:

Today is April 7 2011, NZ time.  Two nights ago we were told on TV news that Ai Weiwei, Chinese artist and activist, had been arrested at  Beijing Capital International Airport.  This was sometime around the 3rd or 4th April 2011.  His wife, Lu Qing,  had not heard anything of him since his arrest, and nor had any of his friends. The Chinese police had been to search their home, and had confiscated computers, hard drives, and documents.

Ai Weiwei is a famous Chinese artist, famous for his ‘Bird’s Nest’ stadium at the Beijing Olympic Games.  He comes from a line of artists and writers:  His father was a famous Chinese poet, regarded as one of China’ most important.  It is thought that, so far, Ai Weiwei, son of the poet, has been left alone by the Chinese authorities because of his father’s prestige and fame as a writer,  as well as his own well acknowledged contributions to Chinese art, but his ‘advocacy on behalf of social activists’ has led to his becoming a victim of the Chinese communist regime himself.

The Chinese government do not like Ai Weiwei, because of his outspoken views on Chinese government and its lack of human rights.  The Chinese government is a fearsome regime:  They use fear  of torture, jail, or death to keep the masses in control.  They do not let anyone criticize their government or its military. Religion is banned.  They control the media, censor  the Chinese internet, movies and literature,  and ensure that their propaganda is spread widely and forcefully upon Chinese subjects so that they hopefully create little robots who are easy to manipulate.

Ai Weiwei has a Twitter account with 70,000 followers.  He has kept a tally of all detentions and arrests  by the Chinese authorites on Twitter.

The New Zealand Herald, 5 April, 2011, suggests that Ai Weiwei’s arrest, which  has come after  protests in the Middle East, is part of a crack down on all activists, lawyers, writers and activists.  This crack down, which was triggered in February,  when online calls for ‘protests similar to those in the Middle East and North Africa began to circulate’,    has resulted in dozens more individuals being arrested and detained.


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