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    Ai Weiwei Speaks of His Imprisonment

    FILE - In this Thursday, June 23, 2011 file photo, activist artist Ai Weiwei opens the gate to talk to journalists gathered outside his home in Beijing, China. Liu Xiaoyuan, a close friend of Ai said Tuesday, June 28, 2011, Beijing's tax authorities are seeking nearly $2 million in back taxes and fines from the government critic who was recently released from detention. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

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    The Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has issued his harshest criticism of the Chinese government since his release from prison in an article in Newsweek magazine. Beijing, he writes, is a city of “desperation,” where government officials “deny us basic rights.” “I feel sorry to say I have no favorite place in Beijing,” he writes. “I have no intention of going anywhere in the city … My ordeal made me understand that on this fabric, there are many hidden spots where they put people without identity. With no name, just a number.”

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