Dissidents

Ai Weiwei’s First Words After Release

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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.