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November 8th, 2011
11:49 AM ET

In China, donors to Ai Weiwei's tax bill send message to Beijing

Ai Weiwei says he can't stop his supporters.

He can't stop them from folding RMB notes into paper planes and throwing them into his garden at midnight.

Earlier today, I talked with Ai Weiwei on the phone about the grassroots fundraising movement. He was thankful for the support but added, "I never asked the public for donations."

Ai said most of the donors are Chinese in their 20s and 30s - some giving up their first month's salary. He noted that a few retired Chinese have given him donations as well.

According to the artist, they are also using their money to make a political statement or a "ticket to vote."  FULL POST