Liu Di

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Date: 2002

Region: Asia

Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion

Medium: Electronic Media


Artist: Liu Di

Confronting Bodies: Chinese government

Dates of Action: November 2002

Location: Beijing, China

Description of Artwork: Liu Di was known to write and distribute articles critical of the Chinese government on her internet chat room. She has suggested that her readers "ignore government propaganda and live freely."

The Incident: Lui was arrested in November 2002 at her university, Beijing Normal University. She was denied access to legal counsel and her home and computer were searched for evidence. According to Human Rights Watch, chinese officials told Lui Di's parents that she was arrested for "being detrimental to state security."

Results of Incident: Lui Di was released from prison in December 2003, on the eve of President Hu Jintao's visit to the United States.

Source: The New York Times