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In a blow to women’s rights activism, feminist group in China shuts down

By WITW Staff on June 5, 2015

A women’s rights group in China has closed down due to what its founder described as increasing pressure from authorities. The organization is linked with five women who were detained earlier this year after they were arrested for distributing flyers and posters denouncing violence against women. Their arrest and detention caused international outrage and concern. At one point Hillary Clinton called for their release in a message posted on Twitter. The five women were released after 37 days, but not before some health scares. The group’s founder, Ru Rongrong, reportedly said she was “sad beyond words” over the group’s disbanding. “Because of the mounting pressure from authorities, we had fewer and fewer projects going on, so we can’t afford the rental and operation of the center,” she reportedly said.

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