Ai Weiwei says China authorities raze his Beijing studio

FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2017, file photo, Chinese activist artist Ai Weiwei listens to a question from the audience as one of his "Good Fences Make Good Neighbors" installations is presented, in New York's Central Park. Ai says authorities have begun razing his Beijing studio. The frequent government critic says on his Instagram account the demolition began Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, without prior notice and posted videos of an excavator smashing the windows of his "Zuoyou" studio. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

BEIJING — Chinese artist Ai Weiwei says authorities have begun razing his Beijing studio.

The frequent government critic says on his Instagram account the demolition began Friday without prior notice and posted videos of an excavator smashing the windows of his "Zuoyou" studio.

The studio in the northeast Beijing suburbs has been Ai's primary work space since 2006, although his has mostly been based in Europe in recent years.

It's unclear whether the demolition is targeting Ai. Beijing authorities have demolished large swaths of the suburbs in the past year in a building safety campaign, typically giving at least several days' notice.

Ai, who has called attention to human rights violations and government corruption in China, was held for more than two months in 2011 on alleged tax evasion.

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