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|−|In late 2011, Chinese tax authorities ordered dissident artist [[love the future | Ai Weiwei]] to [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/ 2011/10/ai-weiwei- ordered-to- pay- 1- 5- million- in- tax/ pay 15 million yuan ($2. 4 million) in back taxes and fines] allegedly due from the company he works for. |+|
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|−|At the time of receiving the tax notice, Ai had recently been released on bail after [ http://chinadigitaltimes.net/ china/ai-weiwei -detention-2011/ having been detained for 81 days], and netizens perceived the tax fine as continuing punishment for his political activities. [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2011/11/ai-weiwei-faces-obstructions-threats-as-payment-deadline-looms/ Netizens decided to “loan” Ai Weiwei the funds] needed to pay the fine. |+|
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|−|As of November 4, 2011, a total of 2,381 people had “lent” Ai Weiwei 665,000 yuan. |+|
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Latest revision as of 19:59, 11 February 2021
Xīnmǎo jièkuǎn | 辛卯借款
Call for “loans” to Ai Weiwei superimposed over a cartoon by Rebel Pepper
In late 2011 (a Xīnmǎo year in the Sexagenary cycle), Chinese tax authorities ordered dissident artist Ai Weiwei to pay 15 million yuan (US$2.4 million) in alleged back taxes and fines.
When he received the tax notice, Ai had just been released on bail after an 81-day detention that appeared to be retaliation for his support for the Jasmine Revolution. Netizens perceived the fine as continuing punishment for his political activities and decided to “loan” Ai Weiwei the funds needed to pay the fine.
By November 4, 2011, a total of 2,381 people had “lent” Ai Weiwei 665,000 yuan, many by tucking bills into paper airplanes and flinging them over the walls of Ai's studio in Beijing. By mid-November, supporters had sent Ai more than enough to cover the fines. The artist repaid donors with his own rendition of the “Song of the Grass-Mud Horse.”
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