Arab Today, arab today china dissident artist ai weiwei headed for germany
Last Updated : GMT 21:10:43
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

China dissident artist Ai Weiwei headed for Germany

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today China dissident artist Ai Weiwei headed for Germany

Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei
Berlin - AFP

Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei was flying to Germany Thursday on his first overseas trip since he was arrested nearly four years ago, a week after receiving a new passport.

Ai was expected to arrive on a Lufthansa flight to the southern city of Munich at 1450 GMT, Stephan Urbaschek of his Berlin gallery, Galerie Neugerriemschneider, told AFP.

"We are overjoyed," Urbaschek said, adding that it was extraordinary news that "the incomprehensible travel restriction" against Ai had been lifted.

In the comings days, 57-year-old Ai was expected to travel on to the German capital Berlin where his six-year-old son lives, said Urbaschek.

China's best known contemporary artist, Ai was detained for 81 days in 2011 amid a crackdown on government critics, but not formally charged with any crime.

A company run by his wife and listing him as an employee was fined $2.4 million the following year after losing a civil legal battle against tax authorities, proceedings widely seen as a reprisal for Ai's outspoken criticism of the ruling Communist party.

Authorities in 2011 confiscated Ai's passport, but police returned the document earlier this month.

Ai said last week that Germany had granted him a four-year multiple entry visa.

Earlier Thursday Ai revealed that Britain has denied him a six-month visa and restricted him to a three-week trip, with the embassy claiming he had failed to declare a "criminal conviction" in his application.

Ai said in a separate Instagram post he had "never been charged or convicted of a crime", while the British decision prompted outrage online and condemnation from rights groups.

The visa he was granted would ensure that Ai can attend a show of his work at London's Royal Academy of Arts in September but he will not be in Britain in October when China's President Xi Jinping pays a high-profile state visit.

Ai helped to design the Bird's Nest Olympic Stadium for the 2008 Beijing Games, but the burly artist's criticism of China's leaders has made him a thorn in the government's side.

arabstoday
arabstoday

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today china dissident artist ai weiwei headed for germany Arab Today, arab today china dissident artist ai weiwei headed for germany

 



Arab Today, arab today

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today china dissident artist ai weiwei headed for germany Arab Today, arab today china dissident artist ai weiwei headed for germany

 



Arab Today, arab today France defies terrorism through tourism

GMT 15:18 2017 Saturday ,20 May

France defies terrorism through tourism
Arab Today, arab today Mai Al-Jeddawi presents décor ideas for Ramadan
View News in Arabic - Culture: أخبار الثقافة والفنون
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

GMT 09:49 2017 Tuesday ,02 May

Girl barred from Malaysia chess competition

GMT 17:59 2017 Monday ,12 June

Designer Rania Adel reveals her new collection

GMT 08:48 2017 Saturday ,06 May

Climate science: Bad news gets worse

GMT 16:25 2017 Sunday ,04 June

“Suhoor” is basic meal for fasting

GMT 06:31 2015 Thursday ,04 June

Pluto's unruly moons

GMT 11:09 2017 Sunday ,25 June

HUAWEI P10 the ‘guru’ of portrait shots
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday