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CHINA CHASING JUSTICE 11

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Chinese Petitioners kneel before a car, blocking the vehicle's way, as they beg to display their petition letters near a local government office supposed to receive grievances in Beijing, China, Friday, Feb.27, 2009. Police have taken away more than 1,000 petitioners looking to air their grievances ahead of the annual meeting of China's legislature. Widespread frustration with the petition system is simmering and in several recent cases has boiled over, with a handful of people making desperate bids for attention.The peak season for the pilgrimages is the beginning of March, when China's lawmakers gather in the capital for their once-a-year legislative session. In an acknowledgement that the petition system is in crisis, China's Premier Wen Jiabao vowed to improve legal channels for grievances.
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CHINA CHASING JUSTICE
Chinese Petitioners kneel before a car, blocking the vehicle's way, as they beg to display their petition letters near a local government office supposed to receive grievances in  Beijing, China, Friday, Feb.27, 2009.  Police have taken away more than 1,000 petitioners looking to air their grievances ahead of the annual meeting of China's legislature. Widespread frustration with the petition system is simmering and in several recent cases has boiled over, with a handful of people making desperate bids for attention.The peak season for the pilgrimages is the beginning of March, when China's lawmakers gather in the capital for their once-a-year legislative session. In an acknowledgement that the petition system is in crisis, China's Premier Wen Jiabao vowed to improve legal channels for grievances.