The complainants have travelled from across the country to seek justice Several dozen impoverished out-of-town protesters have set up camp in a Beijing underpass to prepare letters airing their grievances about corruption, commercial scams and unsolved crimes. Up to 50 people have placed blankets, clothes, bicycles and other belongings along the sides of the underpass in Taiping Street near Beijing South railway Station. Some are disabled, some are wearing torn clothes and few have washed since they arrived between five and 30 days ago. Several have babies with them. Another 20 are renting rooms nearby. Each day the campers sit on blankets and work on applications or letters to be presented to central government departments they believe are at fault or which can help them - a process allowed by law and one that most people prefer to taking out lawsuits. The campers cannot afford to stay elsewhere but they say the outdoor discomforts are worth the chance to raise their complaints in the capital, and many enjoy the bonus of public attention. Police have not bothered the campers, but the curiosity of pedestrians has been roused. Most of the protesters are eager to discuss their cases with passers-by or give out handwritten fliers explaining their grievances. One man in his 70s from Henan province is in the capital to press his complaint about military compensation, and has written an account of the matter for those who inquire about his case, while another has emblazoned his appeal to the Communist Party for fairness across the front of his singlet. 'There are so many things we can't settle - that's why we're here,' said Liu Caiyun, a 46-year-old woman from Shandong province who says her five-year-old child was stolen, possibly by a relative of her husband. 'I've been coming for five years and there is no result.' Deng Yinde, from Chongqing, who wants to pursue a complaint against the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, said he had approached the government 150 times without success. Equipped with a 34-page booklet documenting his case, he intends to try again. The underpass campers are the latest in a growing number of protest groups in the capital. Since May, Beijing residents have demonstrated almost every day outside City Hall and near government offices, accusing the city administration of cheating or stealing. Some protesters are upset about losing money in a graveyard investment scam, some want compensation for their demolished homes, while others are raising legal complaints that date back more than 30 years.