Chinese artist Ai Weiwei says authorities have begun razing his Beijing studio.

The frequent authorities critic says on his Instagram account the demolition started Friday with out prior discover and posted movies of an excavator smashing the home windows of his “Zuoyou” studio.

The studio within the northeast Beijing suburbs has been Ai’s major work house since 2006, though his has largely been based mostly in Europe in recent times.

It’s unclear whether or not the demolition is focusing on Ai. Beijing authorities have demolished giant swaths of the suburbs prior to now 12 months in a constructing security marketing campaign, sometimes giving no less than a number of days’ discover.

Ai, who has known as consideration to human rights violations and authorities corruption in China, was held for greater than two months in 2011 on alleged tax evasion.


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