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Thousands send money to China's Ai for tax bill

Thousands send money to China's Ai for tax bill

Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei says thousands of supporters have donated more than $550,000 to help him pay off a tax bill sought by the government. A state-run newspaper has warned the movement could be illegal.
Ai said Monday that more than 16,000 people donated about 3.5 million yuan ($551,000) about a week after the Beijing tax bureau told him he owed $2.4 million in back taxes and fines. Activists say the government's tax claims are punishment for Ai's activism.
Liu Yanping, a volunteer at Ai's studio, says supporters have wired money to a bank account and thrown money over the gate of his studio in envelopes or folded as paper airplanes.
The Global Times cites unnamed experts as saying Ai could be "illegally fundraising."


Updated : 2021-03-07 14:36 GMT+08:00