From The the AP, via the Washington Post:
A group of Chinese scholars and retired officials has petitioned China’s legislature to halt the privatization of state companies, arguing it has widened the country’s income gap and fueled social unrest, a petitioner said Tuesday.
The petition strikes a discordant note just weeks before the annual session of the national legislature, a time leaders of the communist government usually emphasize unity and consensus.
In a possible sign of official disapproval, many of the Chinese Web sites carrying the petition – accessible when it was first posted last week – had been blocked by Tuesday. [Full Text]