Ai Weiwei has been rubbing the Communist heads the wrong way forever. He supported political prisoners. He criticized the government for the corrupt, shoddy construction that played a role in the deaths of thousands of schoolchildren during the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. Recently, he made two documentaries — one about a man who killed six police officers in Shanghai after they beat him for riding an unlicensed bicycle and one about a Shanghai lawyer who was stranded at Tokyo’s Narita airport for more than 100 days after the Chinese government blocked him from re-entering China.
In response, the Chinese government scheduled a demolition of his studio for Feb. 3 and decided to show up early without any warning. “Everything is gone,” Ai tells the New York Times.
The demolition: (See more photos here.)