søndag 31. januar 2021

Beijing Officials Demolish Studio of Activist Artist Linked to Ai Weiwei

Authorities in Beijing have demolished the studio of artist Wang Peng in a move he says is likely linked to an exhibit planned with Ai Weiwei featuring late Wuhan doctor Li Wenliang, who tried to warn the world about the coronavirus pandemic. A demolition team arrived outside Wang's studio in Beijing's Pinggu district on Friday morning, escorted by police officers, disturbing the family.

"They have demolished my house during a pandemic," he told RFA. "The district mayor said the demolition order came from higher up, from Beijing [municipal government].  I was about to pray ... when these police officers suddenly burst in like gangsters and started shoving me around, and they stopped my wife, son, and friends from shooting video," he said.

Wang said he thought the order was likely linked to his plans to collaborate with exiled dissident artist Ai Weiwei, currently based in Germany, on an exhibit about Li Wenliang, the Wuhan doctor who died of COVID-19 after been warned off speaking out about the extent of the initial outbreak in his city.