Ai Weiwei: Jailhouse Bound

Ai Weiwei: Jailhouse Bound

China’s Chaoyang District Court upheld a $2.38 million tax evasion penalty imposed on dissent artist Ai Weiwei on Thursday. In the old days, Chinese authorities used psychiatric commitments to isolate dissents; now they use tax law.

Ai Weiwei says he won’t pay. A major show of the Chinese artist’s work opens at Washington’s Hirshhorn Museum next week, but the authorities are holding his passport. Looks like Mr. Ai is going to jail instead of DC.


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One Response to “Ai Weiwei: Jailhouse Bound”

  1. Mike Licht Says:


    “Ai Weiwei Exhibits Work at Hirshhorn Museum,” Kat Lucero, DCist

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