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Free Ai Weiwei/Appeal For His Release 2011

Chinese Artist and Activist Arrested and ‘Disappeared’

Art-Activism Could Be One Way To Campaign For His Release, assuming that Chinese officials have not already had him killed. I pray that Ai Weiwei and his family are being treated well, and that he and the Nobel Prize Winner of last year, 2010, and all other political ‘activists’ and people sticking up for human rights in China, who have been jailed, will be released.

My friend David Fougere has kindly just sent me this email which contains more information about Ai Weiwei, and how we might draw forces together to protest to the Chinese Government.

Hi Merrilyn

When I read this just now from Avaaz I thought of you and your comments about Ai Weiwei.
This may not forward well from my old-fashioined email. If so, look up http://www.avaaz.org.

Warm regards, David

——- Forwarded message follows ——-
Date sent: Thu, 28 Apr 2011 09:43:30 -0400
From: “Alex Wilks – Avaaz.org”
Subject: Free Ai Weiwei

Dear friends,

Beloved artist Ai Weiwei has been
disappeared by the Chinese
government. Chinese elites are
major art buyers and highly sensitive
to the international art community.
Let’s build a massive appeal for
top galleries and artists to stop
exhibiting in China until Ai Weiwei
is released:

World-famous and beloved Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has been “disappeared” by China’s
state security forces. Every trace of Ai’s life and art has been erased from the Chinese
internet, and his only hope may be a global outcry for his release.

Fearful of the pro-democracy protests sweeping the world, the government has cracked
down on hundreds of free-thinking Chinese artists, intellectuals, students and citizens. But
across the world, artists and art-lovers have begun to speak out in solidarity with Ai.

Chinese elites are major buyers of contemporary art, and are now planning a huge art fair in
Beijing. If international galleries and artists stay away from China until Ai is freed, they’ll
send shockwaves through the regime. Let’s build a massive global wave of support for
top gallerists and artists to stop exhibiting in China until Ai Weiwei is released. We´ll
deliver it at the upcoming Venice Biennale exhibition:

http://www2.avaaz.org/en/artists_for_ai_weiwei/?vl

Dozens of galleries and artists from over 15 countries are now gearing up for the Beijing
International Art Expo and other shows. We´ll present our petition to all the prominent
galleries and artists, and log their responses on our website, mobilizing the art world to
take a strong stand on behalf of Ai and all the free-thinking citizens who have been
jailed.

China sometimes seems immune to international pressure, but art-activism could work.
When sports stars stayed away from South Africa they got the attention of the brutal
apartheid regime, hastening Nelson Mandela´s release. Together with international artists
and dealers we may now be able to achieve the same effect.

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