标题：Call for the Release of Ai WeiWei (and a personal message from Ji)
A Chinese artist, Ai WeiWei, was detained 9 days and 8 hours ago by the Chinese authority due to his effort of promoting basic human rights (eg. freedom of speech) in China (apart from doing great art work, eg., Bird Nest, 100 Sunflower Seeds). The authority has been investigating his "crimes", and the state news medias hinted that it was due to his "economic crimes" not "human rights crimes". It is hardly convincing of course, if you know a bit about what he did publicly.
Here is a website about him:
and a BBC Documentary: Imagine 2010 Ai Weiwei Without Fear or Favour
(Note: Youtube is blocked in China)
As a Chinese, I am saddened by the recent suppression of freedom of many human rights defenders by the authority. My Chinese friend Teng Biao, who is a lecture and a human rights lawyer, has been disappeared since 19th February. Nobody knows where he is and no newspapers in China mention his name. He is not as famous as Ai WeiWei, so even the state medias do not bother to denounce him as what they did to Ai.
Personally, I would plea you to join this petition (as of now 19,041 supporters have signed):
I even made a small video about this to show you that I am serious about this. Here it is:
(The background song is by a Chinese musician named Li Zhi, and the title is "People Need No Freedom".)
Please forward this message to your social networks if possible.
With Regards from Sydney,