Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei on Hong Kong protests
Chinese artist and social activist Ai Weiwei Monday says the Chinese communist party’s (CCP) crackdown on demonstrations in Hong Kong is becoming more brutal. He expresses his concerns that the West is not stepping forward to support the pro-democracy activists.
Deemed as China’s most well-known dissident and artist, Ai speaks up about the Hong Kong crisis.
[Ai Weiwei, Chinese dissident artist]: (0:22s)
"The government of Hong Kong simply cannot really decide anything. They have to ask the central government. So, China has no tradition or no way even to negotiate, you know, they are very, very stubborn, also very ignorant, you know. That is the character of an authoritarian society, so the future is pretty dark, you know, of course, we hope it will end up peacefully, but anything can happen."
Ai, who has lived in Berlin since 2015, says during a BBC interview that he has sent a team of researchers to document the Hong Kong protests, with the aim to create an artwork or a documentary film.
The dissident artist, who was incarcerated by the Chinese communist regime in 2011, fears that the west is not showing enough support.