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November 09, 2015

Greenpeace India Says It Faces Government Shutdown Order

The India chapter of Greenpeace, under fire for months by the country's government over its use of foreign donations, said Friday it has been ordered to dissolve within a month, reports The New York Times. The environmental group said it received notice from authorities in Tamil Nadu, the state in which it is registered, that its permit to operate had been pulled for underreporting income from abroad and falsifying financial documents, allegations Greenpeace has denied.

In September national officials suspended Greenpeace India's license to receive money from abroad, but the order was blocked by a Tamil Nadu court. Greenpeace contends Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government is seeking to muzzle activists who have campaigned for clean-air measures and against coal mining in protected forests. Vinuta Gopal, Greenpeace India's interim executive director, called the latest move one of many "clumsy tactics to suppress free speech and dissenting voices," and said the organization will fight the permit revocation in court.