Saturday, April 16, 2011

Picked RIPE: Ai Weiwei sit-in

from David Ng and Culture Monster

Worldwide sit-in planned in support of detained Chinese artist Ai Weiwei

The detention of artist Ai Weiwei by Chinese authorities has prompted a worldwide outcry from human rights groups, politicians and arts organizations. On Sunday, some of Ai's supporters are planning a show of solidarity through a peaceful sit-down in front of Chinese embassies, consulates and other government buildings around the world.

The sit-in is planned for 1 p.m. local time Sunday. Participants are being asked to bring chairs and gather outside Chinese government buildings "in support of the artist's immediate release." The event is being organized by Creative Time, a nonprofit organization that commissions and presents public art projects. The organization announced the sit-on this week on its Facebook page.

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