Posted by: mulrickillion | November 5, 2011

In defiant gesture, Chinese surge forward to help Ai Weiwei pay tax bill

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In this June 23 file photo, activist artist Ai Weiwei opens the gate to talk to journalists gathered outside his home in Beijing. Ng Han Guan/AP/File.

By Peter Ford, Nov 4, 2011 — Thousands of individual donors swamped dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s Internet account Friday, offering to help him pay a $2.4 million tax bill he was handed earlier this week, in a striking show of defiance against the government.

“It’s amazing,” Mr. Ai said in an interview. “This has become a big movement.”

More than 1,600 supporters had pledged or paid more than 400,000 RMB ($63,500) by mid-afternoon on Friday, just a few hours after the wave of donations began to surge, the artist said. . . .

In defiant gesture, Chinese surge forward to help Ai Weiwei pay tax bill – CSMonitor.com

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