Weiwei Knocks Chinese Government Again

Ai Weiwei, one of the best-known artists in the world, and whose pieces includeSunflower Seeds” (pictured), has again criticized China’s leaders as lacking vision and refusing to permit dissenting voices. He maintains that the Chinese government’s saying mantra of maintaining stability is merely a ruse to protect illicit benefits and special interests. The country’s best known international artist said he would continue to fight for human rights and freedom of expression in a videotaped message posted Monday on YouTube, which is blocked in China. He said that the form of limited house arrest under which he has lived for months is punishment for his activism.

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