Posted by: mulrickillion | November 2, 2011

Ai Weiwei Says China Is Seeking $2.4 Million in Back Taxes

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The artist Ai Weiwei, left, speaking Tuesday to an official at a local tax bureau in Beijing. Kyodo News, via AP.

By Anddrew Jacobs, Nov 1, 2011 — BEIJING — Ai Weiwei, the dissident artist whose detention earlier this year stirred an international outcry, has been given two weeks to pay $2.4 million in back taxes and penalties, he said Tuesday.

Mr. Ai and his lawyers have repeatedly denied the accusations against him, claiming the tax case is simply cover for the government’s more chilling aim: to silence a provocateur who has become one of the most persistent and instantly recognizable critics of China’s ruling Communist Party. . . .

Ai Weiwei Says China Is Seeking $2.4 Million in Back Taxes – NYTimes.com

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