Chinese internet users’ latest show of solidarity with Ai Weiwei has taken the form of mass nudity.
70 people had posted nude photos of themselves on a website called “Ai Wei Fans’ Nudity – Listen, Chinese Government: Nudity is not Pornography” – a rare form of protest in a country where public nudity is still taboo.
They uploaded the photos after Beijing police questioned Ai’s assistant on Thursday for allegedly spreading pornography online by taking nude photographs of Ai and four women.
Supporters of Ai, whose 81-day secret detention earlier this year sparked an international outcry, say that the questioning over the nude photographs is China’s latest effort to intimidate its most famous social critic.
The videographer, Zhao Zhao, said Beijing police interrogated him for about four hours on the motives behind the photographs.
“They said: ‘Don’t you know that the photos that you’ve taken are obscene photos?'” Zhao told Reuters by telephone. “I said: ‘I didn’t know that’ and said ‘how can they be considered obscene?’ They said they’ve characterised them as such.”
by The Punjapit Alliance