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“life is never guaranteed to be safe”

This is the first time that I have had to think twice about what I post – not because it is immoral or pornographic in nature – but because I live in Hong Kong and realise that the Chinese Government is not a fan of free speech.

On April 3rd 2011, Chinese artist and political activist Ai Wei Wei dissapeared into the ether in a Kafkaesque manner and so far has yet to be openly charged.

This month in Hong Kong the amount of pro Ai Wei Wei tagging has increased – and the HK authorities are stating that if they find who is doing the tagging will be prosecuted and serve a custodial sentence of 10 years.

The Chinese Government has never been a fan of International support for any of it’s activists but the current pressure on friends and family of Ai Wei Wei as well as the reintroduction of the secret removal of people who oppose it – is not something welcomed either in China or abroad.

To quote Ai Wei Wei himself “life is never guaranteed to be safe”.

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Posted by simon on May 2, 2011
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  1. 05/2/2011

    What to say more than, you are a brave man. I have friend who says that the Chinese government sometimes shut down the acess to the internet and that the facebook is totally banned in mainland China. Must feel strange living there and sometimes get reminded that the people there are not that free at all…

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