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    Donors Pay Ai Weiwei’s Tax Bill

    BREGENZ, AUSTRIA - JULY 15:  Visitors attend the opening of an exhibition that focuses on the architectural work of the Chinese artist, Ai Weiwei, at Kunsthaus Bregenz on July 15, 2011 in Bregenz, Austria. Chinese authorities have released Ai Weiwei from detention though have thus far refused to grant him permission to travel. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

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    The Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has raised $790,000 in donations to help pay off the $2.4 million in fines and taxes the Chinese government says he owes. According to his representative, nearly 20,000 people have donated money through bank transfers, postal orders, and, in some cases, simply throwing money into his compound. "These donations are not just about money, they're an expression of people's feelings about what's happened," said Ai, who believes the tax bill is an attempt by the Chinese government to punish him for his dissident political beliefs. His money is due by the end of the week.

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