Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Supporters of Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei raise tax cash

Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei has 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 pay 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 today 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 dissent in China.

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