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    Ai Weiwei: Games Opener ‘Brilliant’

    Chinese artist Ai Weiwei waits at his home after claiming he was barred from attending his court hearing against a multi-million-dollar tax fine in Beijing on June 20, 2012.  Ai, an internationally acclaimed artist also renowned for his activism, disappeared into custody for 81 days last year as police rounded up dissidents amid online calls for Arab Spring-style protests in China.     AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON        (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei applauded the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Games in a review for British newspaper The Guardian on Saturday. The controversial artist, who helped design the main stadium for the 2008 Beijing Games, said that the spectacle imagined by director Danny Boyle ”was about Great Britain; it didn’t pretend it was trying to have global appeal.” Ai has become internationally known for his resistance to Chinese government policies in the aftermath of the 2008 Games. “Beijing’s Olympics were very grand,” he writes, but at the expense of the people. “The government didn’t care about people’s feelings because it was trying to create an image.”

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