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China dissident supports service trade pact protest

TAIPEI--Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei has voiced his support for Taiwanese student protesters leading a movement against a disputed trade-in-services pact with China, praising them as “educated, well-mannered and rational.”

In a video circulated on the Internet March 26, the Chinese artist describes the students as a group of “responsible” young people who have expressed their calls in a “rational” and “orderly” manner.

They were exercising their civil rights in expressing opposition to public and political issues, Ai said in the video.

Netizens wrote to Ai asking him about his views on the movement March 25, a day after police forcibly removed protesters who broke into the Cabinet complex in protest over the trade-in-services agreement.

April 8, 2014    kingsolomon@
If this is truly ai weiweis view of the violence, vandalism, theft and destruction of the riotous protest ("educated, well-mannered, rational") something must be very wrong with his own education and thinking. Let us ask him to portray in his art the illegal actions of these "responsible students". Let us ask him to interpret (in art form of his own choosing) the breaking and entering of government buildings, and causing injuries to persons in authority.
April 8, 2014    yanloiwong@
kingsolomon@ wrote:
If this is truly ai weiweis view of the violence, vandalism, theft and destruction of the riotous protest ("educated, well-mannered, rational") something must be very wrong with his own education and thinking. Let us ask him to portray in his art the illegal actions of these "responsible students". Let us ask him to interpret (in art form of his own choosing) the breaking and entering of government buildings, and causing injuries to persons in authority.
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