Four years after his arrest, artist Ai Weiwei has his passport back

Activist artist Ai Weiwei got his passport back from Chinese authorities on Wednesday, four years after it was confiscated when he was arrested for “economic crimes.”

Chinese authorities seized the outspoken artist’s passport in April 2011, after arresting him as he was boarding a flight to Hong Kong. He was held for nearly three months in conditions he described later (paywall) as “a kind of mental torture,” in a tiny room with guards nearby, and interrogated 50 times.

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