China: Regime thugs abduct artist

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April 3, 2011
Washington Post    
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"Ai Weiwei, China’s most prominent artist and an outspoken critic of the Communist regime, was taken from Beijing’s airport Sunday by security agents as he was about to board a flight to Hong Kong. His studio was later raided by police. Ai is the highest profile activist detained so far in a comprehensive government crackdown that has swept up dozens of bloggers, human rights lawyers and writers. The arrests seem related to official concern about the popular uprisings roiling autocratic governments in the Middle East, and fears that activists in China want to launch a similar 'jasmine revolution' here." (04/03/11)  

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