Ai Weiwei Accepts Job Offer in Berlin

Ai Weiwei Accepts Job Offer in Berlin

But whether he will be allowed to leave China is another question

By Matthew
Robertson
Epoch Times Staff
Created: Jul 13, 2011 Last
Updated:
Jul 13, 2011

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Outspoken Chinese artist Ai Weiwei arrives to speak to
reporters outside his studio in Beijing on
June 23. Weiwei has accepted a job to teach at the University of Berlin, but
it’s unclear whether he’ll be allowed out of China. (Peter Parks/Getty Images)

The high-profile Chinese
dissident-artist Ai Weiwei, recently released from over two months of arbitrary
detention, has decided to accept a job at the Berlin University of
Arts.

He told the press on Wednesday that he made up his mind only
recently about the offer that had been in the pipeline for some time.

The university had first made the offer public in April, after Ai was
effectively abducted from the Beijing airport by Chinese security forces.

During his detention, Chinese
officials retroactively stated that Ai was being charged with vague tax
offenses. It is commonly thought that he was actually targeted for his outspoken
political views and bitter remarks about the
Communist Party’s rule. He is expected to respond soon to the tax
charges.

During Ai’s
detention, unconfirmed reports emerged that
he had been subjected to a range of cruel tortures while in custody. The reports
have not been confirmed, but some Chinese journalists and commentators thought
there was substance to the claims,
particularly given Ai’s broken spirit upon release. Ai has not been his
rambunctious and defiant usual-self. He has said nothing of his experience in
custody and has refrained from criticizing the authorities since his
release.

It is not known whether he will be allowed to leave China to
fill the Berlin position.

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