China returns passport to activist Ai Weiwei
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China returns passport to activist Ai Weiwei

Chinese activist and artist Ai Weiwei got his passport back today, after it was revoked by Chinese authorities four years ago.

The avid social media user shared a photo of himself holding the passport with his 100,000-plus Instagram fans.

The return of his passport brings an end to a difficult few years for the man who designed Beijing’s famous ‘Bird’s’ Nest stadium.

He was detained in April 2011 at Beijing’s International Airport as he was travelling to Hong Kong. After being held by authorities for 81 days he was accused of tax evasion and his studio was torn down.

He has been free since mid-2011, but he was not allowed travel outside China, until today that is. We’ll have to wait and see where his first port of call is.


A photo posted by Ai Weiwei (@aiww) on