No More Chinese Communist Party

March 19, 2010

Activist: China trying to silence critics

Filed under: Uncategorized — carryanne @ 11:32 pm
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CNN: “Simply to have different opinions can cost (dissidents) their life; they can be put in jail, can be silenced, and can be disappeared,” he said.

Ai is no stranger to controversy or danger. He helped design the iconic Bird’s Nest stadium for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but then called for a boycott of the games because in his opinion China was using them as propaganda.

Popular Western social networking sites are already banned from China. “There’s no Twitter in China, there’s no YouTube in China, now we’ll have no Google in China,” Ai said.

“They shut down three of my blogs in seven minutes, so you can see how fearful (Chinese officials are) about somebody speaking out their mind.”

“It has a great effect on the government. Young people see what we are talking about on Twitter and blogs (and) they would speak the words to different kinds of media. So that can have great potential, if millions of people read them.”

Ai said he believes new technology is the only way to bring change to China and he’s convinced it will happen one day.

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