Chinese govt critic, artist Ai Weiwei joins Google+

Written by: Abdul Nisar
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Ai Weiwei in Google Plus
Beijing, Jul 25: While the Chinese Communist government plans to block the latest internet Wildfire - Google Plus - one of its severe critic have joined the recently announced social networking site.

Chinese artist and political activist, Ai Weiwei, who has been famous for his highly and openly critical of the Chinese Government's stance on democracy and human rights, signed-in to Google+ to interact with his supporters.

Ai Weiwei posted his first message on Google+ saying "Greetings, I'm here" and his second post reads "there are signs of life."

Ai Weiwei has more than 7,817 followers on Tuesday, Jul 26 and he added 101 users to his Circle. Moreover, he uploaded his picture, but his profile image is a photo of a small boy. In his Google+ about section, Ai Weiwei called himself a suspected tax evader, pornographer, and black market dealer.

Ai Weiwei, who is also active in architecture, curating, photography, film, and social and cultural criticism, was one of the active Twitter users in China with more than 92,455 followers in China, the United States and all over the world. But, since his arrest in Apr 2011, his Twitter account is silent.

In Apr, Chinese authorities him for allegedly evading huge amount of taxes and intentionally destroying accounting documents. The 54-year-old Ai Weiwei was bailed only after 81 days in detention.

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