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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.

What's up.

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

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.


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.


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.


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.

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.


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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