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  1. News - China

    China villager bombs local government office

    Posted Sep 03rd 2012, 07:31pm by Agence France-Presse in Beijing

    ... six others, state press said. Qu Huaqiang, a “disgruntled petitioner”, allegedly set off homemade explosives at the government offices in Tengjia township, Shandong province on Monday morning, ... confirmed the bombing, but denied that Qu was a petitioner. Township authorities were investigating the incident, he said, while refusing to comment further. Over 30 years of robust economic growth ...

  2. Premier's meeting with petitioners was staged, witness says

    Posted Jan 27th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff Reporter Premier Wen Jiabao's encounter with eight petitioners on Monday was staged, one person who witnessed it says. 'What you saw on television was not the real situation,' said a hostel operator who was outside the State Bureau for Letters and Calls touting her hostel to petitioners. She said the bureau's entrance had been tightly guarded on Monday ...

  3. Mayor fired for ignoring hundreds of kneeling petitioners

    Posted Apr 26th 2010, 12:00am by Mimi Lau

    ... Mimi Lau in Guangzhou The mayor of a city in the northeastern province of Liaoning lost his job for ignoring hundreds of petitioners who got down on their knees to seek fair compensation ... petitioners. The only similar case was last December when Shi Guozhong, party chief of Niuquanzigou county, Hebei, was fired after a Net posting revealed he told an elderly petitioner to jump off ...

  4. News - China - PETITIONERS

    Beijing bans petitioners seeking redress from appealing directly to higher authorities

    Posted Apr 24th 2014, 12:47pm by Zhang Hong, Reuters

    ... grievances and seek justice from higher authorities over wrongdoing at home. Local officials and sometimes hired thugs are known to track down and stop petitioners en route to Beijing, as they may ... of petitions are seen as a black mark against a local government’s ability to maintain peace and order. In practice, few of the cases are ever resolved. “Petitioners should file their complaints only ...

  5. News - China

    China bans the locking up of petitioners seeking government redress

    Posted Mar 20th 2014, 12:01pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Beijing China has banned the widespread practice of detaining petitioners seeking government redress, state media said Thursday, following the abolition four months ... of petitioners is strictly prohibited,” Xinhua said. The document instructed officials instead to meet with petitioners and either funnel their complaints to the court system or explain why they were ...

  6. Intercepting petitioners is a thriving business

    Posted Apr 03rd 2010, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan Intercepting petitioners who travel to Beijing to relay their grievances to the central government has become a lucrative business in the capital in the past few years, ... petitioners,' Yu Jianrong, a professor from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said in a lecture in Hong Kong yesterday. 'They have so many tactics to stop petitioners. For example, they would ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    China must follow through on pledges to improve notorious petition system

    Posted May 26th 2014, 07:11pm by Jonathan Sullivan and Samantha Hoffman

    ... system. The vast majority of complaints relate to localised cases of land expropriation, demolition of homes and labour disputes. Since the vast majority of petitioners suffer grievances at the hands of local government officials, the chances of securing justice from local courts staffed by friends and colleagues of the well-networked accused are slim. Petitioners cling to the romantic ...

  8. Bridge users tire of 'suicide' petitioners

    Posted Jun 27th 2009, 12:00am by Fiona Tam

    ... for frustrated petitioners. Several weeks ago, a disabled man from Huizhou climbed the bridge and demanded a newspaper publish his story about poor medical treatment he received. He said treatment ... calls, letters, e-mails and faxes every week from petitioners who want their stories told in a bid to pressure the authorities A worker who had set himself alight in front of his Hong Kong ...

  9. Petitioners describe abuse in secret prison

    Posted Oct 16th 2008, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... petitioner from Xinxiang, Henan province, was later escorted by police to her hometown. Ms Ma- who left Beijing after being rescued by rights activists- had a terrifying experience in May when she refused to go with police to the rundown hotel, part of which was a secret prison for petitioners. 'I was forced into a van and four police officers surrounded me, punching and kicking me. ...

  10. News - China - JUSTICE

    Petitioners converted to Christianity see plight as part of poor's struggle

    Posted Dec 24th 2013, 04:51am by Verna Yu

    ... Verna Yu verna.yu@scmp.com A growing number of Chinese with grievances are finding some comfort in religion, and the feeling that they are not alone in their struggle Christian petitioners ... petitioners. Instead, she credits her newfound Christian beliefs with helping her transcend hatred towards the authorities who not only demolished her home, but refuse to compensate her. "Jesus ...




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