China Blunts Quake Help
Byline: Charles Hutzler Associated Press
CHENGDU, China u When a powerful earthquake flattened Sichuan province a year ago, community organizer Zhang Guoyuan seized the moment.
Within days, he was running an aid center and warehouse, coordinating 700 volunteers and taking in $1.6 million in donated food, medicines, supplies and cash.
Then the police told him to stop.
The catastrophic earthquake last May 12 set off an unprecedented surge of volunteerism in China. But the government, always wary of groups beyond its control, has since sought to restrain it u with considerable success.
"From the governmentAEs point of view, theyAEre worried. TheyAEre afraid weAEll do something," said Zhang, a fast-talking …
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Publication information: Article title: China Blunts Quake Help. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL). Publication date: May 10, 2009. Page number: 10. © 2009 Paddock Publications. COPYRIGHT 2009 Gale Group.
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