Date
15 December 2017
China is expected to expel artist Guo Jian after 15 days in detention. Photo: guojianart.com
China is expected to expel artist Guo Jian after 15 days in detention. Photo: guojianart.com

China to expel detained Australian artist

China is expected to expel 1989 Tiananmen Square protestor and well-known artist Guo Jian after 15 days in detention, the Financial Times reported Friday, citing Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Guo, now an Australian citizen, was detained in Beijing on June 1, a day after the newspaper published an interview with him about creating a replica of the square with 160 kilograms of minced pork.

The report quoted William Nee, China researcher with Amnesty International in Hong Kong, as saying that it seems “quite clear that [Guo] is being deported merely for [exercising] his freedom of expression, whether it was through the interview or his diorama.”

Guo was a student protester and hunger striker in 1989 and emigrated to Australia in 1992. He moved back to Beijing in 2005, returning in part to be closer to his elderly parents, the report said.

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