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CHINA CHASING JUSTICE 14

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A Chinese Petitioners approach a car, blocking the vehicle's way, as they plead to show their grievances, near a local government office supposed to receive petitions 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, supporter of the petitioners said. 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
A Chinese Petitioners approach a car, blocking the vehicle's way, as they plead to show their grievances, near a local government office supposed to receive petitions 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, supporter of the petitioners said. 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.