After being given just days to pay the police $2.4 million in “taxes,” dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei says he will fight the charges “to the death” and yikes, he must mean it. Remember Ai bleeding on a hospital bed after being beaten by cops? Already, thousands of Chinese citizens have offered donations to pay the tab.

By Friday afternoon, $63,500 has been donated to Ai’s account by his supporters.

Yet, Ai, who has been strictly ordered not to speak to the foreign media, says this the foreign media:

“In my dictionary, there’s no such word ‘surrender.’ Ordinary people will not be able to endure this. But because they’ve targeted me, I’m still willing to accompany them on this road. Because I’m not afraid of them. I think it’s improper that a country is engaging in shameless activities. And for a country like that, I will fight them to the death. I think I win morally. I’m very lucky to have this kind of position. The normal act that I’ve taken — just to ask the truth — has become very heroic in this nation.”

Translation: Bring it!