Ai Weiwei: Beijing is “A Constant Nightmare”
Follow @smoughtsAugust 29, 2011, 3:45 pm ET
Ai Weiwei continues to test the limits of his release from government custody — this time in a bleak essay for Newsweek about the city that houses one of his most famous works, the Olympic “Bird’s Nest” Stadium:
Last week, we asked Alison Klayman, who spent two years filming Ai and produced our March film, Who’s Afraid of Ai Weiwei?, about the conditions of Ai’s release:
In the Newsweek article, Ai technically does not go into the details of his case, only once referring to “my ordeal.” But his criticisms are nonetheless pretty explicit:
If Ai’s latest salvo does provoke Chinese authorities, he may face more dangerous consequences. The Los Angeles Times reports that the Chinese government has proposed changes to its criminal code that would allow suspects to be detained for up to six months in a secret location — which will not be “a regular detention center or police station” — without notifying family members or lawyers. “This new amendment will legalized ‘forced disappearance,’” the Times cites Beijing attorney Liu Xiaoyuan as writing on his Twitter feed. Ai was released in June after two and a half months in custody.
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