Ai Weiwei sent $1.4m for tax bill


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The Independent Online

The dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei said yesterday that supporters have sent him nearly $1.4m (£880,000) to help him pay a huge tax bill that he says is government harassment.

The Beijing tax bureau is demanding that Mr Ai's design company pay $2.4m in back-taxes and fines.

Supporters have sent money through wire transfers or thrown cash in envelopes or wrapped around fruit into Mr Ai's yard. AP