Celeb musician Zuoxiao Zuzhou Tweets, “Everything is ok now, thanks for your concerns” after vanishing from a Hong Kong airport earlier this week. The brief arrest followed the publication of his pro-Ai article. Similarly, the human rights lawyer who volunteered to defend Ai was seen snatched into a van, reappearing last week after missing for five days, quieter.
Dozens of lawyers, activists and cultural figures are still missing after being detained by the authorities. Meanwhile… “The Ai Weiwei case is not a human rights matter, nor is it about freedom of speech,” writes the Chinese Embassy in London today, going on to brag about the country’s “thriving” art scene and blaming the world’s reaction to the Big Chill on a cultural misunderstanding… which seems to extend to China’s own citizens.