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Foreign Minister Westerwelle greatly concerned at arrest of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei

04.04.2011 - Press release

Speaking about the arrest by Chinese security forces in Beijing of renowned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, Federal Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle issued the following statement today (4 April):

“I was greatly concerned to hear that Ai Weiwei had been prevented from travelling out of China on Sunday and had been held under arrest since. Over the last few days, I spoke out in Beijing with all due clarity for freedom of opinion and human dignity. I call on the Chinese Government to ensure that this matter is swiftly clarified, and I expect Ai Weiwei to be released without delay.”

Ai Weiwei has particularly close ties with Germany and is planning to open a studio in Berlin.

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