Ai Weiwei – One-Year Probation Ends

By - June 21st, 2012

Ai Weiwei   One Year Probation Ends” target=”_blank”>Ai Weiwei, the famed Chinese rebel artist, announced today that his one-year probation had ended, though he was informed by authorities that he was still barred from leaving China due to continuing investigations. The 54-year-old artist and dissident spoke to reporters while brandishing a government document officially releasing him from the terms of his bail conditions, imposed upon his release after” target=”_blank”>81 days of detention by the Beijing police. In an article for” target=”_blank”>the Guardian, Ai wrote, “I am happy that the year is up, but also feel sorry about it. I have no sense of why I lost my freedom and if you don’t know how you lost something, how can you protect it?” Growing global support for Ai’s activist struggles — helped by Alison Klayman’s documentary film” target=”_blank”>”Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry” — can only strengthen his resolve. As Ai told reporters, “We still try to fight. Because we are fighting for dignity.”

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Ai Weiwei   One Year Probation Ends