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.