China legal aid center closed over foreign donations

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BEIJING: A women’s legal aid center shut down in Beijing was probably ordered to close because it took money from overseas donors, state media said Tuesday after US presidential hopeful Hilary Clinton backed its founder. Beijing police ordered the closure of the Zhongze Women’s Legal Counseling and Service Center, which represented low-income Chinese women free of charge, the state-run Global Times said. “The [closure]may have resulted from funds that came from overseas organizations,” it said, adding that the center received funding from the US-based Ford Foundation. The article comes as charity workers in China report increased police pressure about foreign funding, and as state-run media accuse overseas organizations of plotting to undermine the country’s authoritarian political system.

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