Ai Weiwei on Tiananmen and freedom

“If you don’t act, the danger becomes stronger.”

–Ai Weiwei

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Journalist:  “Did you follow the events of ’89? [the Tiananmen Square demonstrations from April 15 to June 4, 1989]”

AW:  “I watched every hour, every second, every minute.  Yeah.  It was an exciting moment, which encouraged the whole Eastern Europe uprising and the the coming down of the Berlin Wall.  It all started from Tiananmen.”

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“Freedom is a pretty strange thing. Once you’ve experienced it, it remains in your heart and no one can take it away.  Then, as an individual, you can be more powerful than a whole country.”

–Ai Weiwei

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