AP Interview: Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei blasts government but is hopeful about youth

September 19, 2014 6:12 AM

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BEIJING — China's best-known artist dissident Ai Weiwei blasted his country's Communist government for losing its principles and using underhanded ploys to try to silence critics.

The bearded artist, whose supporters say he was hit with a $2.4 million tax bill in retribution for his outspokenness and activism, also criticized fellow Chinese artists for failing to speak up while he was singled out.

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