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FREE Ai Weiwei or @t least lower the cost

Started by Rain Rien Nevermind. Last reply by De Villo Sloan Apr 30, 2011. 4 Replies

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Comment by Rain Rien Nevermind on June 23, 2011 at 1:54am
Comment by Frieder Speck on June 22, 2011 at 11:17pm
Ai Wei Wei is free again, but...
Comment by Susanna Lakner on May 26, 2011 at 9:01am
Comment by Ruud Janssen on April 30, 2011 at 8:14pm
27 days, 19:11:58 hours since Ai Weiwei disappeared
April 27, 2010 (ca. 11:30pm)

Twitter reports that Zuxiao Zuzhou is fine and will return to Beijing the next day.

April 27, 2011 (ca. 4:30pm)

Reports on Twitter claim that musician Zuoxiao Zuzhou, also a friend of Ai Weiwei’s has been detained at the Shanghai airport, along with his wife Xiaoli. 

April 19, 2011, 6:30pm

Liu Xiaoyuan, Ai Weiwei’s lawyer, reappeared in Beijing after missing for five days.

April 15, 2011

Ai Weiwei Studio’s staff, family and volunteers published an open letter urging the authorities to follow the law and appropriate procedures in handling Ai Weiwei’s case, and to investigate into the disappearance of the associates.

April 14, 2011 (ca. 8:00pm)

A lawyer working closely with Ai Weiwei, Liu Xiaoyuan, reported on Sina Weibo that he was followed by strangers. He has lost contact since.

April 14, 2011

Beijing-backed Hong Kong newspaper Wen Wei Po reported Ai Weiwei as under investigation for tax evasion, bigamy and “spreading porn”. His family denied the allegations.

April 12, 2011 (ca. 2:30pm)

Architect/designer and manager for Fake Design, Liu Zhenggang’s family confirmed that at around 11:00pm on April 9, 2011, Liu was taken away by two police cars. They did not show any proof of proper procedures nor identities. He has now lost contact for 60 hours. 

April 12, 2011 (9:42am)

Hong Kong radio RTHK reported that Ai Weiwei’s wife, Lu Qing, received notice from the Beijing Taxation Bureau and was asked to assist in their investigation. She was also asked to bring tax-related documents that the authorities have already confiscated. She still has not received any notice about Ai Weiwei, and depending on the content of the interrogation, she expressed that she may follow up on Ai’s whereabouts.

April 11, 2011 (ca. 11:00pm)

Liu Zhenggang, Ai Weiwei’s partner in Fake Studio and an architect, has been reported as missing since Saturday.

April 10, 2011, 1:00am

Ai Weiwei’s driver, Zhang Jingsong (Xiaopang) has gone missing. Police officers went to find him at the studio at 11:00pm on April 9, but Zhang went out with a friend and did not carry his mobile phone. His friend claimed that he returned to Caochangdi alone at 1:00am but he has not been seen for the entire day, yet his car was parked at the door. A car was parked outside the studio late last night, suspected to be related to the incident.

April 9, 2011 (12:00pm)

Studio staff claimed that Fake Design’s accountant is missing. 

April 8, 2011 (ca. 3:00pm)

The accounting office of Fake studio has been searched by police officers from the Beijing Public Security Bureau. No reason was specified. Confiscated items include accounting office computer, book-keeping records, over 20,000 Yuan in cash stored in the safe, cash register, seals, cheques, etc. Officers aggressively threatened Fake’s doorman to assist in investigation. The search lasted for almost 3 hours, the inventory of confiscated items spanned four pages.

April 7, 2011 (ca. 12:40am)

At a routine press meeting, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei confirms that Ai Weiwei is being detained for “economic crimes” and warns other countries not to interfere with the case. Hours later, the foreign ministry issues an official transcript of the meeting that has removed all mentions of Ai Weiwei.

April 7, 2011 (ca. 12:40am)

Xinhua News publishes a report claiming that Ai Weiwei is “under investigation for suspected economic crimes.” The report is deleted soon afterwards.

April 6, 2011

Chinese newspaper Global Times publishes an editorial entitled “Law Will Not Concede Before Maverick.” It is the first state-controlled media organization in China that responds to Ai Weiwei’s detention.

April 5, 2011

Human rights activiist Zhao Lianhai, who has remained silent after being released from jail on medical parole in Jaunary, released a statement, calling concern for Ai Weiwei’s disappearance. Zhao’s child is one of many children who were affected during the 2008 melamine-tainted milk scandal in China. 

April 5, 2011

Shi Jing, Wen Tao’s girlfriend, files a report with the Beijing Nangao police for Wen Tao’s disappearance, but the request is rejected with no reason given.

April 5, 2011

The EU and US urges China for the release of Ai Weiwei.

April 5, 2011

Ai Weiwei’s mother, Gao Ying, and sister, Gao Ge, file a “missing person notice.” 

April 5, 2011

Lu Qing makes a public call to request for legal help.

April 4, 2011

After going to Wen Tao’s home to care for his dog, his girlfriend Shi Jing discovers traces of his home being searched.

April 4, 2011

Germany, France and the UK express concern for Ai Weiwei’s detention and China’s crackdown on dissidents.

April 4, 2011

At this point, only Ai Weiwei and his friend Wen Tao are still missing.

April 4, 2011

Ai Weiwei’s wife, Lu Qing, and all of the assistants are released and allowed to return to the studio. A detailed list of confiscated items is given to Lu, with over 100 items been taken away.

April 3, 2011 (ca. 9pm)

Four officers return to search the studio and leave after midnight.

April 3, 2011 (ca. 3:30pm)

While the studio is being searched, Ai Weiwei’s 2-year-old son’s home is also investigated by the police.

April 3, 2011 (ca. 3:30pm)

Police tape off the front and back doors of the studio. Neither people nor cars are allowed to enter.

April 3, 2011 (ca. 2:30pm)

Jonathan Watts, reporter from the UK newspaper The Guardian, bikes past the studio and takes pictures, but is immediately blocked by plainclothes poice officers. His mobile phone is taken away and all pictures are deleted.

April 3, 2011 (ca. 10am)

Police raid the studio with search warrants. Eight assistants are taken into Beijing Nangao police station for questioning, and computers and hard drives are confiscated from the studio. Police question Ai Weiwei’s wife alone at the studio, while officers surround the building and ban people from entering or exiting. Power is cut off from the studio.

April 3, 2011 (ca. 2:30pm)

Wen Tao, former reporter and a friend of Ai Weiwei’s, has been taken away from his girlfriend’s place in Caochangdi by four to five plain clothes officers. He has also disappeared since.

April 3, 2011 (ca. 8am)

Ai Weiwei was at the Beijing Capital Airport for a scheduled flight from Beijing to Hong Kong. He was separated from his assistant at immigrations and escorted by uniformed officers to a closed area. Soon after his mobile phone was shut off and has since been missing. Upon inquiry, an officer claims that Ai Weiwei has “other business” and cannot board the flight.

April 1, 2011 (ca. 11am)

The police visit for the third time, again claiming to check on the identities of foreign assistants. Further ID registrations are conducted.

March 31, 2011 (ca. 9pm)

The police visit for a second time with 14 officers equipped with cameras, for the alleged purpose of recording and registering the identities of the assistants of foreign nationality. The police announced that they would return the next day.

March 30, 2011 (ca. 10am)

Police officials visit the artist’s Beijing studio, claiming to perform a fire safety check. Around ten to 20 officers recorded the IDs of studio assistants on site.


Comment by Frieder Speck on April 29, 2011 at 8:41pm
can you give me some information about the "group"?

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