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.FULL STORY