Leading Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei Claims Police Attacked Him (Updated with Video)

Contemporary artist and activist Ai Weiwei claims that he was beaten again, after reporting a previous instance of police brutality. From the Guardian:

Ai Weiwei, the Chinese artist commissioned to create an installation for the Tate Modern Turbine Hall, says that plain-clothes police assaulted him and his assistant today as he attempted to file a complaint about a previous attack.

The artist who designed the Beijing national stadium, known as the Bird Nest, said that he was kicked and shoved outside a police station in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province in south-west China.

“Some undercover police tore our shirts and tried to grab our cameras. There were maybe 10 of them. They pushed and kicked us,” he said in a telephone interview. “Now we are being attacked because we complained about last time. It is so ironic.”

Watch video of the incident posted on YouTube:

August 12, 2010 12:03 AM
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