Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Ai WeiWei: Dissident Chinese artist defiant in first interview since his release

Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei pledged to continue fighting injustice in his first interview since his release from detention.

The outspoken critic of the nation's human rights record was arrested in April, detained for three months and charged with tax evasion.

"Of course you might live an easier life if you abandon some rights. But there are so many injustices, and limited educational resources," Ai told the Chinese Communist party's Global Times newspaper. "They all diminish happiness. I will never stop fighting injustice."

The paper describes Ai as "feisty" in his first interview since being released from prison in June after a three-month detention on tax evasion charges that some observers alleged were trumped up.

A condition of his bail forbids him from using Twitter, the newspaper said, but the artist has been outspoken on the social media platform. (more)