Ai Weiwei

Claiming Police Harassment, Ai Weiwei Skips Court Hearing

A photograph of Ai Weiwei. (Courtesy @aiww)

Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei’s attempt to appeal the $2.4 million fine he faces for allegedly failing to pay taxes has hit a roadblock—a few of them, actually. His legal counsel has disappeared, and he says that Chinese authorities told him not to attend a scheduled hearing and sent police to his Beijing studio, leading to a scuffle of some type with one of his assistants. Read More


Ai Weiwei’s Wife Decries Chinese Police Powers in Letter

Outspoken Chinese artist Ai Weiwei waves

Lu Qing, wife of the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, has written a letter urging Chinese lawmakers not to pass a measure that would cement the police practice of holding dissidents in secret locations without telling their families. An outspoken critic of government censorship, Mr. Ai was himself held in detention for 81 days this past spring for alleged economic crimes like tax evasion. Read More