Crackdown marks Chinese holiday

from AFP, via Taipei Times

Hundreds of have been rounded up in Beijing as authorities sweep the capital to ensure trouble-free celebrations for the National Day holiday, dissidents and a rights group said yesterday.

The week-long holiday beginning tomorrow is the most politically important holiday in China, marking the Oct. 1 founding of the People’s Republic and the beginning of the Chinese Communist Party‘s rule in 1949.

As happens each year, police detain petitioners who come from all corners of the country to submit written documents about official wrongdoings and other grievances, especially illegal land grabs by local governments.

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