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In late 2011 (a ''Xīnmǎo'' year in the [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexagenary_cycle Sexagenary cycle]), Chinese tax authorities ordered dissident artist [[Ai Weiwei]] to [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2011/10/ai-weiwei-ordered-to-pay-1-5-million-in-tax/ pay 15 million yuan (US$2.4 million) in alleged back taxes and fines].
 
In late 2011 (a ''Xīnmǎo'' year in the [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexagenary_cycle Sexagenary cycle]), Chinese tax authorities ordered dissident artist [[Ai Weiwei]] to [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2011/10/ai-weiwei-ordered-to-pay-1-5-million-in-tax/ 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 [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/china/ai-weiwei-detention-2011/ 81-day detention]. Netizens perceived the 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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When he received the tax notice, Ai had just been released on bail after an [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/china/ai-weiwei-detention-2011/ 81-day detention]. Netizens perceived the fine as continuing punishment for his political activities and decided to “loan” Ai Weiwei the funds needed to pay the fine.
  
As of November 4, 2011, a total of 2,381 people had “lent” Ai Weiwei 665,000 yuan.
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By November 4, 2011, a total of 2,381 people had “lent” Ai Weiwei 665,000 yuan, and by mid-November, supporters had sent Ai more than enough to cover the fines. The artist repaid donors with a [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2011/11/ai-weiwei-faces-obstructions-threats-as-payment-deadline-looms/ rendition] of the "Song of the [[Grass-Mud Horse]]."
  
 
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Revision as of 19:42, 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. 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, and by mid-November, supporters had sent Ai more than enough to cover the fines. The artist repaid donors with a rendition of the "Song of the Grass-Mud Horse."

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