Show News June 23, 2011
Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei Free But Forced To Remain Silent

A few months ago, we told you about a famous artist in China named Ai Weiwei. Ai was perhaps the most outspoken critic of the Chinese government until he was arrested and imprisoned on April 3rd, after trying to board a plane to Hong Kong. Authorities say Ai was arrested for a "very common economic crime" but critics say he was targetted for speaking out.

He was released on bail yesterday, on one condition - that he remain quiet about the 80 days he spent locked up. Since being freed, he's been unable to tell anyone about why he was detained or the terms of his bail. He was only able to make this statement: "I'm fine. I'm sorry I can not talk. I am on probation, please understand."

Today, China's government said Ai is still under investigation and is not allowed to leave Beijing for at least the next year.

If you don't know, Ai designed the Bird's Nest stadium for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He later boycotted the games because he believed China was using them as propaganda. As a child, Ai lived in a remote province because his father - one of China's most respected poets - was exiled during the Communist era for being an enemy of the state. "I spent five years with him at a labour camp where he cleaned toilets," Ai told the website Gamesbid.com.

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