BBC News prodcasts Ai Weiwei’s video footage of a brawl between Han Chinese and Tibetan street vendors which he filmed while being out with his mother.
reported by Harry Low
Monday, 13th 2013
on BBC News
During re:publica, an anual conference in Berlin, Germany bringing the online sphere into the physical world, Ai Weiwei was invited this year to give a video interview.
This event was filmed and then posted on youtube on May 8th, 2013.
RT //hundunzhe: The chinese people are very patient，but those who are in power have betrayed everyone——Ai Weiwei -
RT @hundunzhe: 中國人民很有耐性，但是那些掌權的，背叛了大家。——艾未未
Colorful RT //cwi1: #aiflowers #512 //aiww http://t.co/wk2zhtX1fh -
艳 RT @cwi1: #aiflowers #512 @aiww http://t.co/wk2zhtX1fh
#aiflowers http://t.co/CH3x68qmp6 -
Powerful RT //Post_yfu: //aiww Uncle Ai，I just made this. Refuse to forget http://t.co/ReEqtWVWXR -
强力 RT @Post_yfu: @aiww艾叔，我刚做的。拒绝遗忘 http://t.co/ReEqtWVWXR
"carved in bones and engraved in the heart" idiom fig. unforgettable
to remember the 5 year anniversary of the Wenchuan earthquake, we made #flowers #aiflowers ，everyone is welcome to share, download and repost. #aiflowers http://t.co/VK8l20h6zZ Value life, refuse to forget. -
纪念汶川地震5周年，我们做了#花 #aiflowers ，希望大家分享，下载，转贴。#aiflowers http://t.co/VK8l20h6zZ 尊重生命，拒绝遗忘。
Question asked and answered by Jonathan Jones
published on the JonathanJonesonArtblog of The Gurdian
April, 24th 2013
release, release, release, give Xu Wei back his freedom #free Xu Wei -
One week ago, Xu Wei participated in the filming of my MV, acting as assistant cameraman to Christopher Doyle. So the horrible police undertook some shameless, shady work. -
Illegally disappearing people, illegally taking people into custody, with force, violence, regarding citizens' lives and human rights as dung and dirt. #free Xu Wei -
I don't want to live happy days anymore , Xu Wei, I'm coming to get you. -
At around 2AM last night, Xu Wei's girlfriend saw Xu at the local police station in Gaobeidian. The first thing he whispered into her ear was about Ai. Fucking hell. I'm on my way to Gaobeidian now, and then to the Civil Aviation General Hospital. Xu Wei stammered out a few words: "drank tea, naked, bruised". He was beaten by a number of police officers. You're so fucking hardcore, coming to find me, running into my friend, losing face. Now I'm going to the hospital to find you. Xu Wei, don't be afraid. -
To “drink tea” with the police is to be interrogated, usually regarding political activities. More here.
A police officer arrived at my house and said that (Xu Wei) was detained after a fight. At the very least, those other police who made promises to me before were lying. A soft little cameraman disappearing for nearly 30 hours because of a fight? I've never heard of that happening before. RT //JJYSuper: //aiww There's people on Weibo saying Xu Wei has already been found. Is that true? -
一个警察到了他家里，说是打架被拘留了。至少之前公安是对我信誓旦旦说了谎，一个文弱的摄影因打架失踪近三十个小时？我第一次听说。 RT @JJYSuper: @aiww 微博上有人称徐伟已经找到 是否属实？？
I just called the police and informed them of my identity. They made it clear that the cameraman Xu Wei is not being held by the Beijing police, and are currently contacting the city's criminal police to arrange an investigation. Stay tuned. -