Chinese citizens are literally throwing folded money into Ai Weiwei’s courtyard. The dissident artist who has days to pay the police $2.4 million in “taxes,” has received $830,000 in donations so far. Now, a Communist-owned paper calls electronic transfers “an example of illegal fund raising.” Uh-oh.
“What I need is the ethical support of everybody. I don’t need the money.”
Well, he might need the money, but Ai said he’d fight the charges “to the death,” despite the three months of false imprisonment, the occasional police beating, and, most recently, the forced closure of his Sina Weibo (Chinese Twitter) account following government pressure. Though forbidden to, he now only communicates through Twitter and Google+ which is not accessible in China without censorship-evading software. China’s internet sucks.