1. Dissidents

    Ai Weiwei’s First Words After Release

    Activist artist Ai Weiwei gestures while speaking to journalists gathered outside his home in Beijing, China, Thursday, June 23, 2011. Ai, the most high-profile target of a sweeping crackdown on activists in China, has returned home late Wednesday after nearly three months in detention. The official Xinhua News Agency said Ai confessed to tax evasion, accusations his family had long denied and which activists had denounced as a false premise for detaining him.

    Ng Han Guan / AP Photo

    Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was released on Wednesday after nearly three months in government custody. “I’m out, I’m back at home,” Ai said when The Telegraph reached him by phone. “Please understand, however, that I cannot accept interviews...I am out on bail for one year, that is all I can say.” Ai is an outspoken critic of the Chinese government, which maintains it detained him for evading taxes and that he has agreed to pay them back.

    Read it at The Telegraph