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The Chinese government has imposed a massive tax bill for alleged tax evasion on a dissident artist, which many argue is politically motivated.

Thousands of Ai Weiwei's supporters have mobilised to help him cover the 15m yuan ($2.4m) bill and avoid a jail term, a development the government did not expect.

They contributed over $5.3m yuan ($830,000) in just 48 hours later.

Al Jazeera's Melissa Chan reports from Beijing.

Source: Al Jazeera