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Chinese dissident free but 'silenced'
Ai Weiwei is not allowed to comment on his detention or leave home without permission.
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2011 19:34

The Chinese artist and activist, Ai Weiwei, is back at home after spending almost three months in prison.

Police in Beijing said the artist was released on Wednesday for his "good attitude" in "confessing" to tax evasions. However, his supporters disagree, saying that both his imprisonment and release were political moves. 

Ai Weiwei is not allowed to comment on his detention or leave home without permission. "I can't give any interviews because of the situation that I am in, please understand that," he said.

As Al Jazeera's Andrew Thomas reports from Beijing,  Ai Weiwei's supporters believe he has been "silenced".

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Al Jazeera
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