29 Aug '11, 11am

China artist Ai Weiwei calls Beijing a \\"nightmare\\"

BEIJING : Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has called Beijing a "nightmare" and said China's justice system cannot be trusted, in his first article for a foreign magazine since his release from detention in June. The outspoken critic of the Communist Party disappeared for nearly three months earlier this year before Chinese authorities, facing a global outcry, announced he had been detained for tax evasion and freed him. "The worst thing about Beijing is that you can never trust the judicial system. Without trust, you cannot identify anything; it's like a sandstorm," Ai wrote in an essay on his native city in the current issue of Newsweek magazine. "This city is not about other people or buildings or streets but about your mental structure... Beijing is a nightmare. A constant nightmare." Ai, 54, whose art works have been displayed around the world, said his ordeal in po...

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