No Word from Ai Weiwei in 24 Hours
Just a brief Ai Weiwei update:
Ai Weiwei remains in detention twenty-four hours after being taken into custody at Beijing Capital Airport on the morning of April 3rd. His wife, Lu Qing, was taken into the local police station for questioning late last night, but has received no word about her husband. Meantime, all eight studio assistants have been released and continue to report a strong police presence around Ai’s studio compound. During their questioning, assistants were repeatedly asked about their salaries, size of the studio and visa status. Police also confiscated hundreds of objects from Ai’s studio, including computers, hard drives, CDs and notebooks. Four police officers remained at Ai’s studio until midnight on April 3rd hoping to interrogate other members of Ai’s staff. At 5:20 am in Beijing on April 4th, Ai’s lawyer Liu Xiaoyuan reported that Ai’s phone remained off and that he had been unable to locate the artist. Police returned to the studio Monday morning and have been stationed at the gate since 7 am.
Wen Tao, an activist and former journalist, was also arrested during yesterday’s raid. No one has been able to contact Wen in 24 hours.
For additional coverage: Time Magazine: Not Another Day in the Life of Ai Weiwei NYTimes: China Takes Dissident Artist into Custody HUM News: [REPORT] Noted Chinese Artist Detained at Beijing Airport, Studio Raided
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