October 3, 2012
The authoritarian government of China is coming down hard on dissident artist, blogger, sculptor and architect Ai Weiwei. It has revoked his business license and claims he did not register with the government.
Ai Weiwei told the BBC he was unable to register because Chinese officialdom had confiscated relevant documents when it charged him with tax evasion in 2011.
The artist was held incommunicado for 81 days after he was arrested at the Beijing Airport and later charged with “economic crimes” against the state. His studio was raided and his wife and several employees were taken into custody and interrogated. Ai’s supporters collected $1.8 million to pay the bond required to contest the charge.
The artist was portrayed by the government as a “deviant and a plagiarist” who had crossed a “red line” when he produced photographs of himself posing naked and holding a sign over his private parts with a message deemed offensive to the communist central committee. The message, which has gone viral on the internet, consists of six Chinese characters and is interpreted as: “F–k your mother, the party central committee.”
In 2009, the artist was severely beaten by police and suffered a brain hemorrhage after he agreed to testify in the defense of activist Tan Zuoren, who was arrested on charges of “inciting subversion of state power.”
The government arrested Ai Weiwei at the height of the so-called Arab Spring revolts in the Middle East, fearing a “Jasmine Revolution” in China. Calls for protests appearing on dissident websites angered communist authorities and prompted a crack-down.
“In the past two weeks, over 100 people have been arrested. Some are long-time writers, scholars, lawyers; some are just one-time students saying ‘let’s meet on a certain corner, a certain street.’ It’s very strong,” Ai said in an interview with Time Out Hong Kong published in March 2011.
He was released in June 2012 on one year’s probation with government-imposed restrictions on his movement. Ai was forbidden to talk with the media, his email was monitored and his telephone was tapped, he was forbidden to post on his Twitter account and required to report regularly to the police.
In November, the government demanded he pay back taxes within two weeks and supporters donated more than 9 million renminbi (around $1 million).
The global elite are infatuated with the authoritarian government of China and plan to replicate it as the model for the world government they are now attempting to put into place.
David Rockefeller was highly impressed by the mass murderer Mao Tse-tung and his “singleness of ideology and purpose” and the effectiveness of the communist control system.
This article was posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 8:34 am