China arrests artist, do we really want them buying NZ farms?
Yeah, so are we sure we want to sell NZ farmland to a country that arrests artists...
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in UK rights plea
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has called for British Prime Minister David Cameron to raise the issue of human rights on his visit to China.
He said world leaders should speak out on this issue because their countries profit from doing business here.
Ai Weiwei - one of the Chinese government's fiercest critics - has just been released from house arrest.
He said the authorities did not want him to attend a party to mark the demolition of his Shanghai studio. But he does not know for sure.
He was given no official documentation about his home detention and the security officials who were watching him left his house without a word.
"They left with no notice or explanation," said the artist, who helped create the "Bird's Nest" stadium for the Beijing Olympics two years ago and the sunflower seed installation at London's Tate Modern.
...see i kinda think arresting artists is a bit of a flashing light in terms of human rights, it suggests a cultural arrogance by the State that doesn't bode well, since when are artists such a threat threat they need to undergo house arrest?