Dissident-artist Ai Weiwei has paid a bond of 8.45 million RMB, all of it raised by his supporters, and begun an appeal against his 15 million RMB tax bill that is likely to be futile. Ai’s comments via Reuters:
“The whole procedure, up till today, every step has been illegal and unreasonable,” Ai told Reuters in an interview, shortly after he had paid the bond.
“There’s been no explanation, so it’s very hard for us to expect that our appeal for an administrative review will have a reasonable answer.”
“Even if I’ve paid the money, they can even stop the process for an appeal for an administrative review. Even if I’ve applied for an administrative review, they can ignore me,” Ai said. “So we harbour no hopes. The only thing we can do now is bring this matter into the open, so the public can see.”
“From the beginning, why did they do all this? It’s obviously not because of money, they want to achieve a political motive,” Ai said. “They want people to believe I’m a tax evader, that I’m a liar or whatever.”
“Because of this matter, it’s caused society to increase its distrust in government, its distrust in law, distrust in government power, distrust in state organs. Who, in this issue, is the liar? Who is the one who doesn’t dare to discuss this matter openly?”