(From AFP)

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 on Tuesday after US presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton backed its founder.

US presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton (L) and founder of Zhongze centre lawyer Guo Jianmei in a file photo

Beijing police ordered the closure of the Zhongze Women’s Legal Counselling and Service Centre, which represented low income Chinese women free of charge, the state-run Global Times said.

Even as charity workers in China report increased police pressure about foreign funding, state-run media accuse overseas organizations of plotting to undermine the country’s authoritarian political system.

Such foreign aid “had a political slant and selectivity which could disturb Chinese society,” the paper said.

The Zhongze center was seen as symbolizing an emerging civil society in China attempting to use courts to challenge injustice.

The center said on its website that it was closing as of Monday, thanking supporters without giving an explanation. Read More

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