China Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei Finds Beijing Studio Bugged

ABC News
Date: Oct 5, 2015
By: The Associated Press

BEIJING — Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei found several hidden listening devices in his

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in his studio during a visit from  Margarete Bause, Chairman of Alliance '90/The Greens in the Bavarian parliament, in Beijing, China, 23 November 2013. This takes place during a visit of a delegation of the Bavarian premier in Beijing. Photo by: Peter Kneffel/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in his studio during a visit from Margarete Bause, Chairman of Alliance ’90/The Greens in the Bavarian parliament, in Beijing, China, 23 November 2013. This takes place during a visit of a delegation of the Bavarian premier in Beijing. Photo by: Peter Kneffel/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images

Beijing studio after he returned from a trip to Germany, his friend Liu Xiaoyuan confirmed Monday.

Ai could not be reached, but he has posted photos of the bugs found in electric sockets on his Instagram account as well as a video clip in which someone set off firecrackers in a metal bucket next to a listening device. “Did you hear it,” Ai wrote next to the video.

In another photo of a bug, Ai wrote: “There are always surprises.”

The artist has in the past upset Chinese authorities with boldly critical remarks of the ruling Communist Party and its government. He was briefly detained in 2011 and released after 81 days in jail. The authorities withheld his passport but returned it to him four years later, in July.

Since then, the artist has toned down his criticisms of the government. He has traveled to Germany and England, but is in Beijing to visit his mother, Gao Ying, as reported by Radio Free Asia. Liu confirmed the report.     [FULL  STORY]

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