Thursday, June 23, 2011

Ai Weiwei's cousin 'to be released'

Some of Ai Weiwei's associates maybe released soon but others are still missing... also, another good argument that public pressure did work:

"This outcome makes clear that great international public pressure plus significant domestic and personal guanxi [connections] can be a potent combination even in the case of someone who went further than anyone before him in openly thumbing his nose (and other body parts) at the Communist regime. Undoubtedly, Ai's star talent, his family history and global support from the artistic community helped a lot."  -Professor Jerome Cohen, a leading expert on Chinese criminal law

Driver Zhang Jinsong among several associates who disappeared with freed Chinese artist...
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