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Disguised offices lobby for funding and privileges (3)

(Global Times)

13:32, September 21, 2011

In a few extreme cases, the liaison offices hired professionals to detain the petitioners in a so-called black prison where they were beaten.

Lobbying the central government in order to receive additional financial grants is seen to be another major reason why so many liaison offices still exist.

"The liaison office is in fact a venue for local officials to entertain their superiors from whom they need to lobby money. They prefer to do this entertaining in a low-profile environment where officials do not need to worry about their identities being revealed," the former liaison employee told the Global Times.

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