not much to suggest that Ai was tortured

On Monday the New York Times reports that Ai was able to meet with his wife, Lu Qing, who apparently confirms that Ai looks well enough and that conditions of his detention are not all that bad.  This isn’t to say that its enjoyable to be in prison, even if prison is some form of ‘house arrest.’  It might suggest, though, that reports of Ai’s torture and forced confession, such as those appearing in Epoch Times, might be a bit overstated (艾未未受酷刑认罪?中国人权揭黑幕).  Ai, in the 30-minute (and no doubt well-supervised) meeting, showed particular concern about the health of his mother.  His mother, in turn, responded to reporters, as the NYT’s has it:

Mr. Ai’s mother said on Monday that she was relieved to learn that her son
appears to be in good health but she said the family remains in the dark
about why authorities are holding the activist.

“It is a huge relief to know that he was not tortured,” Gao Ying, 78, said
in a telephone interview. She said Ms. Lu told her that “Weiwei seemed
healthy and calm² and that ³they seem to be treating him a civilized way.”

Ai’s family’s prominent position in the PRC government actually predates the PRC, and, perhaps, will outlive it as well.  The focus here on Ai’s wife and mother is indicative of their ongoing stature, an influence best exerted, I expect, behind the scenes.


One thought on “not much to suggest that Ai was tortured

  1. mrtaurus says:

    Hi there! Thank you for that post. Brilliant just brilliant.

    I am actually curating a project in London for Ai Weiwei’s capture-awareness and release. It is called The Chinese Art Project,, and I am looking to do an exhibition using art as a symbol of unique interpretation and freedom of expression. Hopefully I’ll have 25 peices of art to exhibit from 5 unique artists. You’d be so welcome to come! I guess it’s about pulling together and standing for our rights. Especially in an age of social media power. I’ve put a project video plan up here it would be great if you could find an outlet to let readers know.

    Many thanks! Keep up the good work.
    Mr Taurus.

    p.s. i’m on twitter: ChineseTwhisper
    p.p.s. I’ve added your blog to my links on the site

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s