As protesters and police clashed outside of Hong Kong’s legislative building on Wednesday afternoon, Chinese artist and activist was interviewed on CNN by Kristie Lu Stout. In the interview, Ai called the protests “absolutely necessary” in order to protect the rights of the people of Hong Kong.
“This has to happen because nobody trusts China’s judicial system,” he added before warning that these protests could end the same way that they did for students in Tiananmen Square in 1989.
“It is very clear that the police gradually became quite violent and we have a clear memory about what happened thirty years ago, what happened when students assembled peacefully in Tiananmen Square,” he continued.
“And the end of it is tanks with a lot of people being harmed and killed so that can also be what happens in Hong Kong with this kind of society. They have no skill or not even will to communicate, to talk about issues, to come out with a better solution.”