Long-battling Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is to lose his licence to run his own practice, Fake Cultural Development. Weiwei was held last year on what the Chinese government confirmed where charges of tax evasion but what the excused stipulated was a response to his outspoken remarks on the Chinese authorities. As a result, police confiscated papers from Fake Cultural Development which meant the company was unable to meet its annual registration requirements, thus enabling the court to retract its licence to practice.
Tax evasion charges of 15million Yuan brought on Fake Cultural Development have not been paid. Weiwei challenged the charges but was rejected and refused to pay the necessary funds, stating on Monday: “I think [the authorities] want to back down to try and conclude this case. From the beginning they should not have had it; they were using very old tactics to punish someone and make up a crime to make people think ‘He’s a bad guy’…That didn’t work and it backfired. I think it completely failed.”