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Chinese artist Ai Weiwei makes his tax battle a 'social performance,' supporters rally
BEIJING (AP) ' Ai Weiwei's latest provocative piece was handed to him by the Chinese government: a $2.4 million tax bill that he says is a trumped-up effort to silence him.
Though jarred after spending nearly three months in police detention this year, he turned the demand into performance art. He posted official documents online, tallied loans from supporters and made a video of himself singing an anti-censorship song.
It opened a window on an opaque system, and showed that many in China share his desire for government accountability. Supporters donated more than $1.3 million (8.5 million yuan) to him in just two weeks, some of it folded into paper airplanes or wrapped around fruit and thrown over his gate.