Sunday, 7 November 2010

No News is Good News?

Since the first reports of artist and activist Ai Weiwei came out that he was under house arrest on Friday, there hasn't been any news since.

But now I've just read that he would be "free" as of noon today [Sunday] from the Shanghaiist:

"The Beijing State Security and Chaoyang State Security have come to declare the decision of their superiors: Ai Weiwei, immediately until 12:00 on the 7th, is under house arrest. He may not leave his residence. Outside the door of Caochangdi 258 [Ai's studio] the police are guarding. Please take care of the Twitter friends of the demolition of Ai Weiwei's studio in Malu Jiading, Shanghai and the grass mud horses who have come to the river crab feast. Accept my biggest apologies."

Ai would probably have been recovering from a hangover today if he had hosted his farewell party Saturday featuring eight bands and some 1,000 supporters in Shanghai.

But alas some Shanghai higher-ups didn't like this idea -- was it the river crabs that gave it away? -- who concocted this illegal house arrest for some three days.

Is the west guilty of being partial to people like Ai because he tells us what we want to believe in China? Yes. He does tell the truth. But also he speaks ENGLISH. And if more Chinese officials were able to communicate in a common language with the rest of the world, then perhaps China's soft power would really be doing its magic... Well... it would be a start.

1 comment:

  1. the government officials behave like hoodlums.