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Chinese Yuan notes with messages of support written on them can be seen in a cabinet inside dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s studio in Beijing November 16, 2011. Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei paid a bond of 8.45 million yuan ($1.3 million) on Tuesday, paving the way to file what he fears may be an ultimately futile appeal on a tax evasion charge. Supporters of Ai, whose 81-day secret detention earlier this year sparked an international outcry, have said the tax case is part of Beijing’s efforts to muzzle China’s most famous social critic. Ai, 54, paid the bond, all of it raised by his supporters, into a tax bureau bank account on Tuesday afternoon to cover what the government says he owes in back taxes and late payments. It does not include a fine of about 6.6 million yuan. REUTERS/David Gray (CHINA – Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS BUSINESS SOCIETY)