Ai Weiwei says deep anger made him pull works from Denmark

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Posted: Jan 28, 2016 1:34 PM
Ai Weiwei says deep anger made him pull works from Denmark

LESBOS, Greece (AP) — Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei says he decided to withdraw his works from two Danish museums out of deep anger at a new law allowing Denmark to seize valuables from migrants.

Weiwei says he wanted to give a "clear statement" on what he considered an absurd law.

He spoke Thursday on Lesbos island in Greece, the main point of entry for migrants seeking a better life in Europe.

Weiwei has set up a studio there, and told The Associated Press that the project will last "at least a year." The studio will produce several projects with refugee-related themes.

Weiwei told the AP that he wants to be "part of the daily experience" and rescue of thousands of refugees crossing the stormy Aegean Sea from Turkey to Lesbos.