Brooklyn Artist, American Graffiti Activists Arrested in Beijing

Powderly Photo: Courtesy urban_data flickr

Brooklyn artist-activist James Powderly, founder of the Graffiti Research Lab, has apparently been arrested in Beijing for planning a laser-graffiti Tibet protest. (He let friends know about the arrest via a Twitter direct message.) Five other protesters using Powderly's LED "throwie" technology on a FREE TIBET banner outside the Bird's Nest have also been arrested. The comments on the Boing Boing posts about these detentions have been somewhat ridiculous ("What did he expect," etc.). Here's hoping that all six (and, you know, all other political prisoners everywhere) are freed soon.

GRL's James Powderly detained in Beijing for planning pro-Tibet "L.A.S.E.R. Stencil" art protest [Boing Boing]
Beijing: Five US activists detained after lighting up "Free Tibet" LED Throwies banner near Olympics site [Boing Boing]