Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei Films Chinese Authorities Demolishing His Studio With No Advance Warning

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Dissident artist Ai Weiwei says that Chinese officials showed up at his Beijing studio and started demolishing his studio without prior warning. In response, the artist responsible for the iconic bird’s nest stadium used for the Beijing Olympics started posting videos of the destruction on Instagram. Speaking to NPR, Ai said that “We didn’t receive any advance warning or announcement of the demolition.” Ai also said artwork was destroyed by the demolition. “Works were damaged due to the unannounced attack on the studio. There was no caution taken,” Ai said. “However, compared to the memories which have been lost, compared to a society which has never established trust in the social order, a trust in the rule of law, or a trust in any kind of unity in defending the rights of its people, what has been Continue reading "Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei Films Chinese Authorities Demolishing His Studio With No Advance Warning"

AUDIO: Chinese Police Break Into Home of Human Rights Critic, Remove Him From Premises During Live Interview

A Chinese professor was forced to end an interview with Voice of America’s Mandarin program Issues & Opinions after police broke into his home, Voice of America reports. Retired Shandong University professor Wenguang Sun, who, according to VOA spokeswoman Bridget Serchak, “regularly speaks publicly about Chinese human rights and domestic and foreign policy issues in China,” can be heard on audio from Voice of America telling police that he is entitled to express himself. “I am entitled to express my opinion. This is my freedom of speech,” Sun can be heard saying before police cut him off. VOA Mandarin has attempted to reach him by cellphone and WeChat, a popular Chinese social media platform, since he was removed from his home Wednesday night. Paradoxically, sources in Shandong told Continue reading "AUDIO: Chinese Police Break Into Home of Human Rights Critic, Remove Him From Premises During Live Interview"

Small Device Detonated Outside U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China

A “firecracker-like” device was set off outside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China on Thursday. Only the man who set off the “device” was injured, report authorities. Videos from bystanders went viral on Twitter early, according to CNN. One video, shared by CNN’s Will Ripley, shows the confusion in the aftermath. You can see there is a lot of smoke, but no appearance of panic. Here is more from the Wall Street Journal.
The explosion happened about 1 p.m. local time just outside the embassy’s southeast corner, an embassy spokesman said. The embassy confirmed Continue reading "Small Device Detonated Outside U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China"