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British government does about-face after outcry, issues visa to Ai Weiwei

British government does about-face after outcry, issues visa to Ai Weiwei

Admitting that someone had blundered, the British government has reversed its decision earlier this week to deny Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei a six-month work visa and issued an apology to the artist-activist who has become a symbol for freedom of thought in the face of authoritarian control. The British Home Office, which is in charge of visas, immigration and national security, announced Friday that it had overruled a decision by the British embassy in Beijing that would have limited Ai to a 20-day visit to oversee the Sept. 19 opening of his solo retrospective show at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. The BBC and other European media outlets reported that the Home Office...

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