The continuing saga of Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei pokes fun at authorities on Twitter

Ai Weiwei has been ordered by Chinese officials to stay away from his own court hearing in Beijing tomorrow.  Fined 15 million yuan last year for alleged tax evasion, the dissident artist will instead be sending his wife Lu Qing to contest the charges.  His case is further hindered by the disappearance yesterday of his lawyer Liu Xiaoyuan, who was taken away by security officials and hasn’t been seen since.  The artist himself remains housebound, with over 30 police vehicles currently surrounding his studio (one of Ai’s assistants was injured while attempting to document the scene). Despite this, the artist remains in good spirits, even posting photos of himself on Twitter in a decidedly too small police uniform.

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