Chinese artist, cultural icon, and increasingly important voice of political dissent Ai Weiwei was apprehended by Chinese authorities yesterday before boarding a flight from Beijing to Hong Kong. By all accounts Ai, whose work ranges from the famed Birds Nest stadium at the Beijing Olympics to the recent 100-million porcelain sunflower seed exhibit at the Tate Modern, has not been formally charged with anything. In fact, the Chinese government has yet to acknowledge that they have him in their possession.
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