Rock musician arrested in airport
|The Chinese rock musician Zuoxiao Zuzhou was detained for over 12 hours by police in Shanghai’s airport, a Hong Kong-based rights group said on 28 April 2011.
Zuoxiao Zuzhou (real name: Wu Hongjin) had publicly expressed his support for the detained artist and rights campaigner Ai Weiwei during a rock concert at the 2011 Modern Sky Folk& Poetry Festival in Zhouzhuang in eastern China. Zuoxiao Zuzhou had displayed the words ‘Free Ai Weiwei’ on a large screen, the Hong Kong-based Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy said in a statement.
Friend of detained artist
Ai Weiwei’s friend Wen Tao, his driver and cousin Zhang Jinsong, his accountant Hu Mingfen, and colleague Liu Zhenggang also remain missing.
Zuoxiao Zuzhou is a close friend of Ai Weiwei who had been spearheading a spate of high-profile campaigns against government censorship and political restrictions before he was detained.
Zuoxiao Zuzhou was halted at the airport together with his wife, Xiao Li.
An article by Zuoxiao Zuzhou with the headline “Who doesn’t love Ai Weiwei” had been published in various media including Hong Kong’s Ming Pao newspaper in which he described Ai Weiwei as an admirable artist and a rights defender for ordinary people.
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