THIS CHINESE ARTIST CRITICIZED GOOGLE AND XI JINPING. NOW HE’S FACING GOVERNMENT HARASSMENT. | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

THIS CHINESE ARTIST CRITICIZED GOOGLE AND XI JINPING. NOW HE’S FACING GOVERNMENT HARASSMENT.

THE MESSAGES ARRIVED suddenly and then he went quiet. “My identity is leaked,” he said. “I am worried about my safety.”

The Chinese dissident artist Badiucao had been busy preparing an exhibition in Hong Kong to celebrate Free Expression Week, a series of events organized by rights groups. His show was partly inspired by Google’s plan to build a censored search engine in China, and was set to include work that the artist had created skewering the U.S. tech giant for cooperating with the Communist Party regime’s suppression of internet freedom.

But just days before the exhibition was set to launch last year, at a high-profile event featuring members of Russian punk-activist group Pussy Riot, it was canceled by organizers. Badiucao had received threats from the Chinese government and soon went into hiding.

It was a nightmare scenario for the artist, one of China’s most prolific political satirists, who has never revealed his real name. Somehow, police in China had discovered who he was — and they were trying to track him down.

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This is bad news for anyone who expresses their concern about anything any Centralized Government has done.

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