Friday, August 15 2008 @ 05:34 pm BST
Below is the english translation of an interview/article with Ai-WeiWei - the man who designed the Bird's Nest.
Ai-WeiWei, What is your view on the recent unrests in Tibet and the
reaction of the western world during the past few weeks?
As an observer, I believe the information presented both in the West
and in China have to a certain degree revealed incorrect information.
There were no in-depth coverage on the cause. Aside from accusing
each other, both sides did not have actual communication on these
riots. Regrettably, looking back into our history, an obvious
distinct character is the lack of public discussion. We live in a
society where ideology is severely controlled, especially when it
comes to the issues of the ethnic minorities. The problem cannot be
solved if the majority of the Han people look upon the minorities as
the slaves whom are freed by us. The actual situation is much more
complex. They have their own religion, their own cultural heritage
and their own way of thinking. The Tibetan are now simplistically
being blamed and scolded for infringing the law. I do not think this
can solve the problem, because this will only deepen the hatred
amongst the Han people and the ethnic minorities, thus further deepen