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Will These Tweets Make Ai Weiwei Disappear Again?

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Chinese artist and government critic Ai Weiwei has returned to Twitter --which is banned in China to begin with -- for the first time since his April detention for, as far as everyone other than the Chinese government is concerned, his outspokenness on Twitter during the thick of the Jasmine Revolution.

Held incommunicado for three months and eventually charged with tax evasion, Ai is forbidden from leaving China for one year.

Here are his first tweets since his release, as translated by the superb Bird's Nest: Ai Weiwei in English blog, which, fittingly, translates Ai's Twitter feed into English:

Saturday, August 6, 2011
3:22 a.m.

问个好吧。
What's up.

Saturday, August 6, 2011
3:23 a.m.

嗯,抱抱。安
Hm. Hugs. Good night.

Then, at 11:29 last night, Ai dared the regime once again, with the first of several tweets regarding his time in custody and the fate of others who were rounded up by the regime for related transgressions:

Monday, August 8, 2011
11:29 p.m.

今天见到刘正刚,他第一次开口谈这次关押,举起右手说:报告班长,我要喝水。接着,这个硬汉的眼泪流了下来。。。他在关押中心脏病突发,几近死去。

I saw Liu Zhenggang today. It's the first time that he talks about the detention. He held up his right hand and said, "Reporting to supervisor, I need to drink water." Then, tears rolled off this tough man's face...He had a heart attack when he was at the detention facilities and almost died.

Monday, August 8, 2011
11:39 p.m.

一段时间,我们是押在同一处关押点。我听到有另一个留着胡子的艺术家进来了,怎么也想不到那是他。

For a certain period of time, we were held at the same location. I heard that another artist with a beard came in, but I never thought it was him.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011
12:09 a.m.

因为我的牵连而被非法关押,刘正刚、胡明芬、文涛、张劲松,无辜的承受了巨大的精神蹂躏和肉体折磨。

They were illegally detained because of me. Liu Zhenggang, Hu Mingfen, Wentao, Zhang Jinsong, innocently they suffered huge mental devastation and physical torture.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011
2:57 p.m.

新的一天。
A new day.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011
3:10 p.m.

æ—© RT @runningnini: æ—©å•Š “@BaoliDao: æ—©æ—©æ—©RT @aiww: 新的一天。

morning RT //runningnini: mornin' //Baolidao: morning, morning, morning RT //aiww A new day

Tuesday, August 9, 2011
3:33 p.m.

如果你不为王荔蕻说话,不为冉云飞说话,你不仅是一个不会为公平正义站出来的人,你没有自爱。

If you don't speak for Wang Lihong, nor for Ran Yunfei, not only you're the sort that doesn't speak up for fairness and justice, you have no love for yourself.

It's easy to mock Twitter for giving Kim Kardashian a forum, but if Ai Weiwei doesn't show up for work tomorrow, the world will know where to look.

Here's Cuban artist Geandy Pavon poking a spectacularly creative stick in the eye of the Chinese regime over Ai's disappearance, back in May:

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