June 20th, 2012
05:31 AM ET

China dissident Ai Weiwei harassed by police, he says

China most famous dissident artist, Ai Weiwei, was being harassed by police and warned to stay away from a planned court appearance on Wednesday, he said.

"I've never seen so many police cars outside my studio - at one point last night a few dozen were there, which was unprecedented," Ai told CNN by phone.

"Yesterday my assistant wanted to take pictures of the police outside our studio, but his camera was immediately grabbed and he got injured in the process," he said.

"The police started calling me repeatedly yesterday afternoon, warning me to stay away from the court today, which I find pretty confusing" because he is facing tax charges, he said.

Ai says the allegations that he owes back taxes are a cover for accusations that he is trying to overthrow the state.

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  1. Pete

    Chinese government is showing their true colors,communism is alive and well there.The more you're vocal there,the more pressure Chinese authorities will enforce,its all legal there because its corrupt from their fascist leader Pres.HuJintao down to the people sweeping the streets,that corrupt.This artist last year for coming out publicly against the governments suppression had his artist studio demolished by government run construction workers,done with him watching,they didn't care either.Liu Xiaobo,an activist recently given the Nobel Peace Prize, has been jailed for over 11 years,the Chinese going as far as boycotting buying pink salmon from Oslo,Norway because of Norways decision to give him the award against the Chinese objections.But it recently backfired on China when they asked to be added to the Antarctica Treaty System,a group of 12 countries that govern everything that comes and goes in Antarctica.China wanted to be added but Norway said no and membership has to be unanimous to be added as a member,so China again just shot themselves in the foot politically and because of recent mineral fines in Antarctica economicly as well.Norway , and most icelandic nations don't need China for anything and this just further shows everyone that economic fact..

    June 20, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  2. chumlee

    Obviously, this guy want to hop on a plane, come to America, and live the good life of taxpayer support.

    We do not need any more foreign free-loaders

    June 20, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Do you know what didn't appear in this article?
      The words "United States of America".
      I'm interested in how you came to your conclusion.

      June 20, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |