Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei Pushes for Full Account of Earthquake’s Casualties

Ai Weiwei is on the New York Times today:

One of the most prominent and provocative artists in China is challenging the government to end what he calls its “cover-up” on the devastating earthquake last May that killed more than 80,000 people.

Ai Weiwei, 51, an internationally acclaimed artist who helped design the Olympic National Stadium known as the Bird’s Nest, is creating a sensation in China by posting angry commentaries about government incompetence on his popular blog.

In the online postings at:, he criticizes the government’s post-earthquake rescue efforts and chides officials for still not having provided a full accounting of schoolchildren’s deaths — deaths that he and many others now blame on poorly constructed schools.

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