Ai supporters raise tax case cash
Published 14/11/2011 | 08:32
Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei said his supporters have sent him more than £850,000 to help him fight a huge tax bill that he says amounts to government harassment.
The Beijing tax bureau is demanding that Ai pays 15 million yuan (£1.46 million) in back taxes and fines.
The bill came after he was released from months of police detention.
Ai said that he has received 8.69 million yuan (£851,000) from supporters as of Sunday night.
This is enough for him to put down a guarantee of more than eight million yuan (£783,490) by Tuesday required by the tax authority to obtain an administrative review of the case.
Ai, an internationally acclaimed conceptual artist, was detained for nearly three months during a wide-ranging crackdown on dissidents in China.