Ai Weiwei Speaks of His Imprisonment

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.”